The UCLA football team landed a big receiver as 3-star Charles Njoku (Wayne Hills HS/Wayne Hills, NJ) has committed to the Bruins.
The process is slow but the benefits will be reaped. The UCLA football recruiting situation has not gone the way most fans have hoped but it is starting to take shape.
Today, the Bruins added another big piece to the 2019 recruiting class as New Jersey product Charles Njoku gave his pledge to the blue and gold.
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Njoku had taken a visit to UCLA last weekend and it made such an impression, that less than a week later, he opted for the Bruins over the likes of Nebraska. He was also previously committed to Missouri.
The thing to know about Njoku is that he is big, long and fast. Coming off the line, he does not have much explosion, but his acceleration is something to be excited about. He can streak downfield, turn on a dime, and change direction with ease.
The combination of good hands and body control allows him to make difficult receptions, especially in traffic. Most of the time, because of his height and length, he simply has to put his long arms in the air to catch a ball over smaller DBs. An added bonus is the fact that he is 6’6, 200 lbs., so it is hard for defenders to bring him down.
Njoku is the second player to commit after the early signing period and the 18th overall. He is also the third receiver to commit behind Kain Medrano and Jaylen Erwin, both of whom have signed their national letters of intent.
Currently, UCLA has the 7th highest rated class in the Pac-12 and the 44th in the nation. As far as the overall recruiting process goes, Chip Kelly and the Bruins should have a few more players commit by National Signing Day, which is on Wednesday, February 6.
Welcome to Westwood, Charles!