Rutgers Commit Mera Learns His Fate

Rutgers needs to replace a pair of defensive ends after this season, and could get a boost if Hargrave Military Academy's Djwany Mera achieved a qualifying test score. Mera, who prepped at South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) before heading to a post-graduate season at Hargrave, learned his fate this week, and has the answer as to whether or not he made it.

Defensive end Djwany Mera made the grade. Or, rather the test score.

The former South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) star, who is attending Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) learned earlier this week he earned a qualifying ACT score, Hargrave defensive line Coleman Tyrance told

"He got his test score and he's Rutgers-bound," Tyrance said. "He's getting all the information together to send it up there. He will be there in January."

That wasn't the end of the good news regarding Mera and Rutgers.

The months of being a post-graduate allowed the 6-foot-3 Mera to hit the weight room hard, and he was able to add considerable weight.

"Djwany is probably 265 pounds," Tyrance said. "He's been a workhorse. When he first came here, he needed some confidence. He's very good in close space, athletic, and is very violent with his hands."

When Mera first arrived, Tyrance said he wasn't sure if Mera would be able to contribute at Rutgers his first year.

After seeing him in action on and off the field during in the fall, Tyrance said the question was answered.

"He's a very bright kid and takes his academics very serious," Tyrance said. "Djwany holds all Bs this semester. He's been a class act and a pleasure to coach him. …With what he has, he's going to be an NFL player.

"He has to continue learning how to stay low and continue working with his hands."

Mera will be part of the large contingent of out-of-state players taking an official visit to Rutgers the weekend of Dec. 10-12, which will give him a chance to help recruit other players from Florida.

But during his time at Hargrave, he never wavered on maintaining his commitment to the Scarlet Knights.

"Other schools inquired, but I'm loyal to the school they committed to," Tyrance said. "That's how we are here. Unless a player's parents ask us to look elsewhere, where they commit is where they're going to go."

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