Edgewood Academy got the win on Tuesday night, but the result was devastating.
Late in the first quarter of the Wildcats’ 56-52 win over East Memorial, four-star football recruit Prince Tega Wanogho Junior suffered a gruesome leg injury.
The 6-foot-8, 250-pound defensive end caught a full-court pass under the basket when a defender fell on the back of his leg.
Wanogho immediately started screaming, and showed his left leg dangling under the shin when he rolled over.
The game was stopped while paramedics attended to Wanogho. He was wheeled off the court in a stretcher, a boot on his left leg.
Wanogho transferred from Nigeria in August, and lives with Edgewood assistant Todd Taylor and his family.
Wanogho tried football for the first time this season, and was a natural. His ability caught the attention of college scouts, and he quickly received offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, Oregon, Ohio State and LSU after helping the Wildcats to a fifth straight state title.
He was originally set for the 2016 recruiting class, but recently reclassified to 2015.
Edgewood football coach Bobby Carr said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said Wanogho’s offer still stood. Other media reports indicate all of his scholarship offers are still available. He planned on making his decision after National Signing Day on Feb. 4.
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