Posted: 6:36 pm Friday, January 31st, 2014
By Matt Porter
Unless another rash of injuries strikes his team, it’s doubtful Al Golden will fret this year about his depth at wide receiver.
UM, which ended last year with one available receiver on scholarship, is set to have four receivers in the fold Wednesday, national signing day. The newest addition is David Njoku, who announced a verbal commitment to UM on Friday.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Njoku is a large, thickly built target who may be a candidate to bulk up and play tight end. No matter what, he fits in well with the rest of UM’s incoming group, which includes the lankier Darrell Langham (6-4, 200) and Tyre Brady (6-3, 180) and speedy, shifty slot man Braxton Berrios (5-9, 180), who has already enrolled. The Canes also have a verbal commitment from tight end Chris Herndon (6-4, 235).
Njoku, given a three-star rating by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com, is a football, basketball and track at Cedar Grove (N.J.) High. He originally committed to Rutgers, but backed off and chose UM over Ohio State, Boston College and Penn State.
“After a long search I am proud to be Miami Hurricane,” Njoku posted on his Instagram account. “I thank God for giving me the chance to play at this level. Gotta do this for my fam and everyone back home. I do this for my city!!”
That cookie-cake looks delicious.
Walk-on welcome: The Canes added four new walk-ons: wide receiver Joseph Rodgers, wide receiver Josh Harris, linebacker Ryan Williams (a different person than the UM quarterback who wears No. 11) and ex-Cardinal Newman linebacker Austin Dane Sellers, who went by his middle name during high school.
Sellers, from Boca Raton, graduated in 2012 from Newman, where he was a Post All-Area selection. He is listed at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds and will wear No. 46.
Williams (6-0, 230), who played at Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek High, will wear No. 47. Harris (6-0, 180) played at Muttontown (N Y.) Jericho High, on Long Island. He will wear No. 34. It is unknown if he will continue to maintain his website.
The aforementioned three are listed as freshmen. Rodgers (6-2, 225), a junior, played tight end and running back at Miami Sunset High. He will wear No. 34.
Elsewhere in roster-based minutiae, junior walk-on receiver John D’Uva has switched his number from 83 to 35. His former number will be worn by freshman signee Braxton Berrios.
Video of the day: You may remember this recent Post story on defensive end commit Chad Thomas, who has some serious skills in the hip-hop producing game.
Well, he’s pretty legitimate on piano, too. Watch: