Mekari holding firm with Wildcats

Defensive tackle Tony Mekari did not waste much time committing to Arizona. Read on to see if that commitment is solid, if he is planning any visits, and more.

It's no secret Rich Rodriguez is looking for kids who have a passion for football. It's also safe to say Westlake (Calif.) defensive tackle and Arizona commit Tony Mekari is one of those players.

"The coaches want guys who are totally focused on improving each day as student-athletes, and they also said they like the way I play the game and how important it is to me," Mekari said. "They're looking for players they call "OKGs," which means Our Kind of Guys. They say I fit that mold and it's an honor to be referred to in such terms."

Mekari wasted little time committing to Arizona this summer and has not had second thoughts since.

"Once Arizona offered me, I knew I wanted to accept the offer and just start thinking about playing at the next level," Mekari said. "I had to check with my parents and coaches, but once they gave their approval, I was all in."

As Mekari goes through his senior season, he plans on making time to check out the campus in October.

"I want to get down there for a couple visits," Mekari said. "Right now, I'm looking at visiting for the USC game and hopefully the UCLA game. My high school season is obviously still going on and that is the top priority, especially because we've been struggling, but I also want to get out for my official as soon as possible."

Although Mekari has been committed for three months, he is still receiving interest from other schools.

"Yeah, I'm still hearing from different colleges," Mekari said. "I'm just getting correspondence, though. It's kind of flattering that schools think enough of me to continue to recruit me even though I'm committed.

"There is nothing to worry about. I'm 100 percent committed and I can not wait to get to Tucson."

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