Fla. DL says he will commit to Rutgers

Djwany Mera

The player did not have Rutgers at the top of his list before taking an official visit, but now is ready to make a decision. He said he talked over his decision with his dad, and will call coach Greg Schiano with the news about it after speaking with his high school coach Monday.

South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) defensive lineman Djwany Mera promised his dad he would not commit during his trip to Rutgers because the two needed to talk about it when Mera returned home.

That was the only thing that kept Mera from accepting the scholarship offer as his official visit concluded at Rutgers.

"Actually, I did think about committing, but my dad told me to wait until I get home and talk to him,'' said the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Mera, who made the trip alone. "I already had that (discussion), and I'm probably committing to Rutgers.''

Probably?

"Yeah, I will,'' he said.

When?

"Monday,'' Mera added said.

Mera said he will talk to his high school coach, Alan Held, on Monday, then call Rutgers coach Greg Schiano later in the day to commit.

"This takes a lot of weight off my shoulders,'' Mera said. "I'm going to talk to my coach about it. That's the reason why I'm waiting.''

Mera headed to Rutgers with Illinois as his leader, but went on the visit because he wanted to learn more about the school.

"We checked out all the facilities, got to spend time with all the players, we went to New York and went to the ESPN Zone,'' said Mera, who never traveled to New York before. "It was great. It was crazy. Seeing all those lights, it was crazy.''

Mera enjoyed the time he had speaking with Schiano. Also, defensive line coach Gary Emanuel made a big impact on Mera during the weekend.

"I really like the head coach over there, and the defensive line coach,'' Mera said. "The head coach, he's straight up. He'll tell you what's on his mind, and how to become a better player, and stuff like that. The defensive line coach, I really like him also.''

Mera added he still needs to achieve a passing test score before he is NCAA eligible, but believes he will get that in the coming weeks.

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