Rutgers Commit Njoku Tearing Up Track

Cedar Grove (N.J.) three-star receiver David Njoku has been busy on the track since making his verbal commitment to Rutgers. Winning multiple gold medals in the Essex County championships, Njoku discussed his successes with

New Jersey high school football is nearly four months from its return to the gridiron, but that has not stopped Rutgers commit David Njoku from making noise in athletics.

Finishing up his junior year, the versatile three-star receiver has one Cedar Grove (N.J.) track record already and is emerging into one of the top track athletes in Essex County.

"It's really important (alongside football)," Njoku said. "It gets me bigger, faster and stronger. I'm quicker. Overall, it's just a great sport to help you with football."

Njoku won gold in the Essex County high jump with a personal best 6-10 and opened eyes in the triple jump. His 47-3 mark was a meet record and good enough for another gold medal.

Fellow future Rutgers football player Kemoko Turay, last year's gold medalist, finished second with a 46-11 mark behind Njoku.

"It's a great feeling to see the results," Njoku said. "I had a feeling that I could break the school record during my career, so I'm glad I did. I'm very happy with that."

Battling knee problems early in the track season, Njoku is now healthy and pushing for personal bests with three meets remaining this season.

"Once I got better, I felt like I was kind of behind so I had to work twice as hard," Njoku said. "I'm getting back on track now and hopefully I can stay that way and do better. … This season, my goal is to break 49 in triple jump and break 7-feet in high jump. That's what I'm looking for."

Njoku committed early to his home-state school but that has not stopped other programs from coming by Cedar Grove to gauge his interest.

Appreciative of the attention, Njoku said he remains verbally committed to Rutgers.

"I've been enjoying it, enjoying my commitment, but a few schools have come by my school and talked to me about my decision," he said. "… I committed to Rutgers verbally, so I'm sticking with that plan."

The Rutgers staff and Njoku have been in frequent contact since his April commitment. As a receiver set to begin his college career in 2014, the release of the Big Ten schedules this week were cause for excitement for Njoku.

"We're talking all the time, in contact every week at least," Njoku said. "The Big Ten schedule, it's very exciting. All of these good schools that Rutgers is going to be playing in the future. I'm just very excited to be involved in all this."

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