Njoku Breaks Down Commitment to 'Canes

For the third time in the 2014 class, Miami went to North Jersey for a prospect. The latest is Cedar Grove (N.J.) High receiver David Njoku, and he spoke to Scout.com about his decision.

The ties Miami's coaching staff has to New Jersey keeps paying dividends.

Cedar Grove (N.J.) High receiver David Njoku became the third Garden State prospect to commit to the Hurricanes in the 2014 class

"To be a Hurricane, it's definitely exciting," the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Njoku said. "I know many players went to Miami and went to the next level, and hopefully one day that will be me."

Miami defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio recruited Njoku as well as defensive tackle Courtel Jenkins and safety Kiy Hester, both of Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic. All three players made an official visit to Miami last month.

"They're both great kids and they were telling since Day One that Miami was the place to be," Njoku said. "I visited a couple places and there was nothing like Miami. I loved everything about it."

Njoku's other finalists were Connecticut and Temple, but he made an official visit to Alabama for track (Njoku is a high jumper) and also was getting interested from Ohio State and Oregon.

"Every school I was looking at had a great academic program and athletic program, but I thought Miami was at the front end," he said. "Bonding with the players and the coaches, it was a great feeling, so I am sure Miami was the place for me.

"During the visit, the bonding with the players, they were all great guys. I was with Ray Lewis III, and we became very close. It was an amazing visit I had, and a great time, so I thought I should be there."

Njoku is heading to Miami as a receiver and is coming off a senior season in which he caught 40 passes for 981 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was also a threat running the ball as he rushed 39 times for 334 yards and six scores.

He said Miami's style fits him well.

"They pass the ball a lot," Njoku said. "(D'Onofrio) told everyone that, he told me that. He told me that I'm very important so now I have to work my butt off to earn my spot, and hopefully by God's grace, you will see me playing on Sundays."

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