Florida DL to officially trip to Rutgers

Florida DL to officially trip to Rutgers

Rutgers recently increased its recruitment of a player from South Florida, and his coach says Rutgers will be one of the schools he will officially visit. The player had 22 sacks as a senior, and recruiters are paying him a lot more attention since his highlight DVD went out.

South Broward (Hollywood, Fla.) coach Allen Held recently sent out film on one of his under recruited players, and let's just say Djwany Mera is no longer under recruited.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive tackle, who could move to defensive end in college, recently picked up an offer from Illinois. Rutgers and Iowa scheduled in-home visits with him this week.

Held added Mera is already planning to take official visits to Rutgers and Illinois.

"He wrestled last year and came in with a different attitude on the field this year,'' Held said. "He dominated every game this year. He was much more aggressive than he was as a junior.''

Mera recently picked up an offer from Illinois, and Held said he got the sense Rutgers coach Greg Schiano could offer during the in-home visit at the end of the week.

Also, Iowa recently became involved with Mera, who already had offers from Central Michigan, Florida International and Florida Atlantic.

With former Central Michigan coach Butch Jones now the head coach at Cincinnati, Held believes the Bearcats will offer soon as well.

"I think right now it's Illinois, Rutgers, Central Michigan,'' Held said. "But with the coaching change there, they're probably going to offer him at Cincinnati. And he's looking at FIU and he's still kind of getting his name out there, so more could come.''

The impressive film from Mera's senior year provides plenty of highlights. He finished with 103 tackles and 22 sacks while playing in the middle of South Broward's defensive line.

South Broward finished 10-2 after losing to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the Class 5A regional semifinals.

"He's a kid that last year, he had the same stats, but for some reason I'd show his name and nobody would really look at him,'' Held said. "When they see film of this season, everybody just loves him. He's a late comer. He really was a great player as a senior.''

Held said there is also plenty of room for Mera to grow as a player.

"He played inside for us, but coaches like to have him play different places,'' Held said. "He's a little bit raw, but long, lean.''

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