Defensive end Djwany Mera, who committed to Rutgers in January but headed to Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) when he came up a point shy on the ACT, achieved his necessary test score, which was already reported by ScarletReport.com.
The good news meant his official visit could be stress free, which allowed him to enjoy his official visit even more over the weekend.
"I had a real good time," the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Mera said. "Met some of the players -- cool people -- talked to some of the coaches. It was real good. I had a great time. We went to the bowling alley, and that was extra fun. I had such a good time with the guys."
In fact, the trip to New York and being able to interact with other recruits, commits, current players and the coaching staff (Mera said he beat assistant coach Chris Hewitt in a game of pool) was a highlight.
"Everybody just came together," Mera said. "We were bowling and playing pool and everybody was just connecting and having fun. The coaches were playing also. It was like a competition. We were just having fun."
Mera was hosted by Rutgers defensive end Jamil Merell, and one of the topics that came up several times on his visit was his eligibility. He committed to Rutgers 11 months ago out of South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.), but did not qualify.
After putting in the hard work studying, he learned of his passing ACT score in late November.
"It meant a lot to me because it shows that I didn't give up, I stayed focused and I knew I wanted it, and I went and I got it," Mera said. "I'm very excited. My parents are excited for me. They're very happy for me and I can't wait to get up there and play for (Rutgers). I'm so happy right now."
Mera added his time at Hargrave was not easy, but it was useful.
"It was hard, but it actually helped out in the long run with time management," he said. "It helped me develop new study skills that I didn't have before. It actually is something that helped out."