Following the Miami football program’s first bowl win in a decade, a 31-14 drubbing of West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Hurricanes tight end David Njoku spoke to the media and announced his intentions to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
The redshirt sophomore would have two years of eligibility remaining if he decided to return to South Beach, but he says he’s making the decision in the best interest of his loved ones.
“It’s kind of bittersweet leaving my team a couple years early, but I think it’s best for me and my family,” Njoku said, via The Palm Beach Post.
Njoku also stated his coaches told him that he could be selected within the first two rounds of next April’s draft, adding that head coach Mark Richt “wished me the best.”
The decision adds the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder as the latest entry to an already impressive tight end class.
In his final season at Miami, Njoku recorded 43 catches for 608 yards and eight touchdowns. Njoku’s final appearance in a Hurricanes uniform was a five catch outing for 44 yards and a touchdown.
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