'Canes Land Njoku

Cedar Grove (N.J.) High receiver David Njoku, a one-time Rutgers commit, Friday he committed to Miami.

Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State came in late on Cedar Grove (N.J.) High receiver David Njoku, but it was the consistency and length of time Miami spent recruiting him that stood out.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Njoku chose the Hurricanes over other finalists Temple and Connecticut on Friday.

"Alabama called a few weeks ago and Oregon called and Ohio State, and those were guys that really wanted to fill out their rosters," Cedar Grove coach Ed Sadloch said. "Temple, Connecticut and Miami were with for a long time and I think that played a part in his decision. It was a very hard decision.

"He handled everything with class and got a hold of everyone. The head coaches at Connecticut and Temple were recruiting him, and let him know he made a decision. It was hectic."

Njoku will sign with Miami on Wednesday as a receiver, but Sadloch knows his star receiver could grow into a tight end. In fact, Ohio State was recruiting him for that spot.

"What everyone is telling me is (Miami) needed a tall wide receiver," Sadloch said. "Once he gets in weight room he may fill out. I think that body needs to put another 20 pounds, and then he could move. He high jumps 6-10, seven feet, so if he could still do that and add 20 pounds, that would be something."

Even if the Hurricanes move Njoku, a one-time Rutgers commit, to tight end, Sadloch doesn't think it will be in the conventional way.

"I don't think it would be (lining up on the line of scrimmage)," Sadloch said. "They would try to isolate him on a linebacker, isolate him on a safety."

As a senior, Njoku caught 40 passes for 981 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also rushed 39 times for 334 yards and six scores. Defensively, he made 75 tackles and intercepted two passes while splitting time between linebacker and safety.

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