Mera Excelling at Hargrave; Still RU Bound?

Rutgers commit Djwany Mera, a 6-foot-4 defensive end, is playing at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) this fall before enrolling at a school in January. After a big senior season at South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.), Rutgers landed the athletic Mera, but plenty of time has passed. How is he doing at Hargarve, and is he still committed to Rutgers?

Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) defensive line coach Coleman Tyrance saw much of the same things in Rutgers commit Djwany Mera as the Scarlet Knights' staff did when they recruited him out of South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) last winter.

Mera, playing as a post-graduate, is extremely coachable, hard-working and athletic, but also needs to have the finer parts of his game refined.

The most important thing, though, for the Scarlet Knights is the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Mera remains committed as he works out his academic issue at Hargrave.

"He's set with Rutgers," Tyrance said.

As a senior at South Broward, Mera established a school record with 21 sacks. He also had 103 tackles, including a staggering 38 for loss.

"Really a hard worker, plays low, high energy," Tyrance said. "He has a non-stop motor. He's a great kid and is taking care of business here."

Mera has a "handful of sacks," according to Tyrance, but still is learning the more intricate parts of playing defensive end.

"I would say what he really does well is he gets to the quarterback really fast as far as recognizing the difference between the run and pass," Tyrance said. "As far as the switch you have to recognize either one, he's got a good one.

"He's still a little green to some of the subtle things some of the other guys might have, but he's using the tools he has and they've helped him out getting better. Every day he's coming after practice for more."

Mera missed meeting NCAA requirement standards for eligibility by one point on the ACT, and Tyrance said that should not be a concern as Mera targets January entry to Rutgers.

"He is very good at the football side," Tyrance said, "and then doing what they ask him to do (on the school side) as well."


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