"I really enjoyed it. I had a real good time."
Mera spent the weekend meeting Illini players and coaches, and he felt comfortable with them.
"The players were cool, the coaches are great. I could see myself going to Illinois."
His tour of campus was highlighted by the football facilities.
"I really liked the stadium a lot."
The 6'-4", 230 pounder from Hollywood, Florida, felt comfortable with his position coach and the defensive coordinator.
"I think I would fit in well. Coach (Keith) Gilmore is a real cool guy. I think he could definitely help me be a better player. Coach (Vic) Koenning is cool too."
Academic concerns reduced his recruiting possibilities, but it appears Mera has a chance to qualify.
"They want to see what's up with my test scores, and I should be fine."
Mera appears to be down to two schools for his services.
"I'll make a visit to Rutgers next week. I want to see how that goes. I'll make my decision after that."