University of Miami

Miami football recruiting Class of ’17 boosted by speedy sibling

Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku attempts to hurdle over Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Ronny Vandyke in the first quarter as the University of Miami hosts Virginia Tech at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium on Sat., Oct. 17, 2015.
Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku attempts to hurdle over Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Ronny Vandyke in the first quarter as the University of Miami hosts Virginia Tech at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium on Sat., Oct. 17, 2015. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The “family-first” espousing Miami Hurricanes keep luring in the recruits — and possibly future recruits.

Not-so-little brother Evidence Njoku continued his allegiance to big brother David Njoku and extended the love to the Hurricanes on Monday night via Twitter, saying he was verbally committing to Miami’s Class of 2017 after attending Miami’s Paradise Camp for recruits this past weekend.

Evidence, a 6-4, 195-pound receiver from Cedar Grove, New Jersey, is the younger brother of 6-4, 245-pound redshirt sophomore tight end David Njoku.

Big bro David is a rising star who jumps sky-high and made some jaw-dropping catches this past season.

“Blessed!! Thankful Beyond Measure,” Evidence tweeted. “I would first like to start by Thanking God for allowing me to further my playing career at the next level. I want to also give a huge Thank You to my Family, Friends & Loved ones for the continuous support in making a decision this hard…With that being said I am Humbled & Excited to announce that I am verbally Committing to The University of Miami.”

Evidence is a three-star recruit ranked by 247Sports as the No. 80 wideout nationally and No. 12 prospect in New Jersey. Last season as a high school junior, Evidence caught 18 passes for 306 yards and five touchdowns, according to NJ.com, and “tormented defenders the past three years” with “length and ability to run like a deer.”

He also scored four touchdowns on kickoff returns, the type of special-teamer UM used to have in more illustrious days.

Evidence has transferred from Cedar Grove High to Wayne Hills High for his senior season. Long-time Canes fans know that Wayne Hills High is where the Olsen brothers (Christian and former Canes Greg and Kevin) are from, and where their father, Chris, coached for many years.

David Njoku played in all 13 games last season with 21 catches for 362 yards and a touchdown. His 17.2 yards per catch led the Hurricanes.

UM’s 2017 recruiting class is ranked 11th nationally by Rivals.com and 10th by 247Sports.

Also committing during or on the heels of the Canes’ immensely successful Paradise Camp: 6-2, 188-pound four-star (rivals)/three star (247Sports) safety Brian Edwards of St. Thomas Aquinas (Class of 2017), 6-0, 160-pound defensive back Akeem Dent of Royal Palm Beach High (Class of 2019) and 6-6, 280-pound, three-star offensive lineman Zalontae Hillery of Brunswick (Georgia) Glynn Academy (Class of 2017).

So, what about those future recruits? Miami announced a “year-long partnership with the American Youth Football League (AYFL) for youths 13 and under in Broward County. On Monday night, coach Mark Richt and some assistants went to PAL Field in Plantation to instruct the youth-league coaches.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this partnership,” Richt said in the UM release. “Through this partnership, we will be able to give kids and coaches the proper instruction they need to help advance their skills. This is a great opportunity to get out into the community…”

Richt said he was looking forward to “visiting other youth teams in parks throughout the tri-county area in the near future.”

The partnership, UM said, “will provide coaches of the AYFL with a customized concussion protocol in collaboration with UHealth Sports Medicine.”

▪ The Raleigh (North Carolina) News & Observer reported Monday night that the Atlantic Coast Conference “is close to an updated television deal with ESPN that will include the long-awaited ACC cable channel as well as innovative ‘over-the-top’ components, content delivered directly to viewers via the Internet, known as OTT.”

An announcement could come Thursday, when ACC commissioner John Swofford will deliver his annual ACC Football Kickoff address to the media.

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