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Evidence Njoku proves that at The U, it's a family thing

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The brother of Miami tight end, David Njoku, is ready to write to his own story in Coral Gables.

Standing at 6-foot-4-inches, and weighing close to 200 pounds, Evidence Njoku has a frame that all coaches want for their receivers.

"I think there are some things that set me up apart with wide receivers," Njoku said. "I've been told by the [Miami] staff that it's rare for me to have 6'4" frame, with arms that go down to my ankles. Also I have a frame to get to like 220, yet still be explosive and get to top end speed."

Coaches are already excited to work with this physical specimen from New Jersey.

"[I've] also been told by coaches that my long strides clear up ground very quick and my big hands also are an upside."

Big hands and long strides are all traits that will help Njoku produce at the next level.

Evidence is one of the newest faces on Miami's commitment list for the Class of 2017.

If his last name sounds familiar, that's cause his brother, David Njoku, is Miami's tight end. The elder Njoku, who currently is going into his junior season, is one of the few people who makes Evidence look small (David measures in at 6'4", and weighs about 245 pounds). Last season, David put up solid stats, catching 21 passes for 362 yards, and a touchdown.

"David making a name for himself is very good," Evidence said. "He's really putting on for the last name on our back, and that's a goal we had ever since we were little boys. I'd say him doing that makes me know that it's possible to be great when you are determined."

Determination is certainly something that Evidence doesn't lack. Going into his senior high school season, the young wide receiver will being starring at Wayne Hills High School (Wayne, NJ). Wayne Hills is a powerhouse program in the state, and it is also the alma mater of former Canes great and Carolina Panthers tight end, Greg Olsen. Evidence made it known that New Jersey high school football is no joke.

"Jersey football is full of talent, and going into my senior season my goal is to win a state championship."

With Njoku at receiver, the Wayne Hills Patriots have a good shot at competing for a title. Last season, Evidence caught 18 passes for 306 yards and five touchdowns. He also starred on the defensive side of the ball, where he racked up 29 tackles and intercepted a pass, which he returned 38 yards for a touchdown. He's a pure athlete.

Need anymore evidence to see how electrifying this kid is? Check out his highlight tape.

Njoku made his commitment at the Paradise Camp, the brainchild of new head coach Mark Richt. The camp was a showcase for top level talent, and proved to be beneficial for the program. The camp featured some Canes greats, and players like Njoku loved that.

"I thought all the former players coming back was great," Njoku said. "All the greats talking to the players and me meant a lot."

Miami's coaching staff has made it known that they are trying to set up their incoming players with the best tools to succeed. Fans and coaches are helping brand The U as a family; a bond beyond football. Receivers coach, Ron Dugans, has really sold himself as a father figure and mentor to incoming players. Evidence discussed his relationship with the staff, the family atmosphere and Dugans specifically.

"It feels good to be welcomed in the family by everyone. Some factors that moved me to the verbal were watching the team just hang out and how tight they all are together. Also, [coach] Dugans and I talked about why I'm so wanted by the staff and the impact I could make. I have a good relationship with the staff, prior to my visit. I talk to coach Dugans everyday not only about recruiting but about other important things."

The commits from the class of 2017 have started their own family type movement, #SQUAD17, which has caught some hype on Twitter. When asked about the #SQUAD17 movement, and the relationships he formed with his future teammates, Evidence was optimistic that they will all have a strong bond. He's also formed relationships with some of the commits from the Class of 2016.

"The squad movement is cool and is picking up views," Njoku said. "I haven't had a relationship with anyone in my class, but I've started to get close with Jack Allison, Evan Sherrifs, Michael Irvin Jr., and Jovani Haskins."

With such a long frame, I had to ask Evidence who he models his game after. I also asked him about his all-time favorite Hurricanes receiver.

"I would say my favorite [fomer Hurricane] would be Andre Johnson," replied Njoku. "He has a big frame and is a big wide receiver like me, I model my game after Martavis Bryant and AJ Green. They are long wide receivers, with long arms, yet still have that elite speed to stretch the field."

In his closing statements, Evidence discussed the passion Mark Richt has for this program, the FSU rivalry and the possibility of Miami surprising everyone in the college football world.

"Out of all five officials I am going to be taking next fall, I feel like the Miami, FSU game is going to be the most crazy. That rivalry is no joke, and I'm very excited for that one. Coach Richt is a real dude, and knows what it takes to win, so I think the team will turn a lot of heads."

Fans have to love this kid, and let's hope he's right. Can Mark Richt turn heads? We'll see next season, and one thing is for certain: A lot of talented recruits will be watching or attending the Miami-FSU game.