It’s been a pretty quiet month on the recruiting front for the UCLA Bruins. In fact, in a month that normally features a lot of new commits, there have been more players choosing to leave the program than there have been choosing to join the program.
This afternoon, UCLA picked up a commitment from 3-star WR Charles Njoku from Wayne Hills HS in Wayne, NJ. Njoku announced his decision with a video posted to Twitter.
Appreciated the journey but my story isn’t finished yet. COMMITED...all glory to god pic.twitter.com/ATOl5Wqzx8— C.C ΝJΘΚU (@Charles_Njoku3) January 26, 2019
Njoku had been committed to Missouri but he backed off that commitment in November. His brother David Njoku currently plays tight end for the Cleveland Browns while his other brother Evidence Njoku plays for the Miami Hurricanes.
After his decommitment from Missouri, UCLA and Nebraska were seen as the front-runners to land Njoku. He visited Nebraska on January 11th and UCLA on January 18th. But, according to Brian Dohn of 247Sports, “[w]hat sealed the commitment was Bruins coach Chip Kelly’s visit to Wayne Hills on Thursday.”
There’s no doubt that Njoku will be a big target for Bruin quarterbacks in the years ahead. His Hudl.com profile lists him at 6’4” tall and weighing in at 200 lbs. Despite his size, he has good speed. He runs a 4.55-second 40-yard dash, after all.
As a senior this past season, Njoku caught 52 balls for more than 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns for Wayne Hills, which is one of the public school powerhouses in northern New Jersey. Here is his highlight reel from Hudl:
Welcome to Westwood, Charles!