“Coach [Tony] Franklin and coach Brandon Jones came by school this morning, and offered,” Mekari said. “I think it was about two hours, three hours, from when they offered to when I committed. I talked to my dad about it, I talked to my family about it, and, at the end of the day, I just felt like it was the right decision for me. The education is second-to-none, and it would set me up best for success.”
It didn’t take long for Patrick to tell Tony, either.
“I talked to him before I committed, but then I called coach, told him I committed, and my brother was the next phone call,” Patrick said. “I’m very excited. Words can’t even describe how excited I am.”
Tony, Patrick said, “was a little shocked, to be honest,” but he “couldn’t be happier,” and neither could Patrick.
“I couldn’t be happier to go to the No. 1 public school in the world, to follow in my brother’s footsteps, it’s remarkable,” said a breathless Patrick. “I couldn’t be happier.”
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The Mekaris’ parents are “extremely grateful,” Patrick said, for having both their sons at Berkeley, and for not having to make two trips per week to watch the boys.
At a tackle-sized 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, the younger Mekari was offered as a center, and brings good size, quickness and athleticism to the position, which he showed during Cal’s satellite summer camp in Fullerton, Calif. Mekari has a versatile and athletic frame, thanks to playing lacrosse, so he can play multiple positions along the line, if need be.
“I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I talked to [Jones] today for a few minutes, and I think he seems like a great guy. I’d like to talk to him more, but they were in a bit of a rushed situation. I’m looking forward to him being my coach.
“He played center in college, and that’s good that he’s been in the position that I’m going to be on the offensive line,” Mekari said. “I’m sure he’s going to push me to get the best out of me. That’s what stuck out to me.”
Mekari may take an official visit this weekend, but hasn’t scheduled anything yet.