PHILADELPHIA, PA – At 20 years old,Cedar Grove native David Njoku will be one of the youngest players in the NFL draft on Thursday and many sources predict he will be selected in the first round.
The Cedar Grove High School graduate who played wide receiver for the Panthers had 76 receptions for 1,794 yards and 19 touchdowns during his high school career. As a tight end at the University of Miami, Njoku caught 43 balls for 698 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
In addition to football, Njoku was dominant on the track while in high school, competing in the high jump and winning the national championship in the spring of 2014. He was also a state champion in New Jersey that same year. His best jump was measured at six feet and 11 inches.
"David without a doubt belongs up there with the best to ever come through Cedar Grove High School. I consider myself fortunate and lucky to have coached David in both football and basketball during his time here at Cedar Grove," said Cedar Grove Athletic Director Rob Gogerty. "He was the ultimate competitor that just hated to lose and pushed himself on a daily basis to be better."
Gogerty said that competitive edge rubbed off on his classmates and teammates, inspiring them to push themselves and give maximum effort regardless of whether it was a practice or a game.
"One of the best things about David was that he committed himself to being a three sport star during his junior and senior years here at Cedar Grove High School, participating and excelling in football, basketball, and track and field throughout the year. I believe that commitment and drive has made him the athlete he has turned out to be," Gogerty elaborated. "More importantly the best thing about David Njoku, is he is an absolute great and humble person who will give his time and energy to anyone he comes across. David deserves the best and I have no doubt that he will continue to succeed at the next level and represent CGHS."
CBS Sports is predicting Njoku as a first round draft pick, giving him an overall rank of 20 and naming him the No. 2 tight end in the draft. The Cedar Grove native stands at 6’4”, 264 pounds.