Fla. DL down to three

A rising defensive lineman from South Florida trimmed his list to three schools and set dates for his official visits, including to Rutgers. Check out what he has to to say about his choices, and what he knows about each of the schools. He also gives a timeframe for when he will decide on a college.

With school, wrestling practice and meets and homework, Djwany Mera admits his free time is severely limited.

Add in a plethora of schools stopping by South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) in the last month to see the rising senior defensive lineman, and no wonder he is feeling a bit overwhelmed.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Mera's recruitment exploded lately, with schools from his home state, the northeast, the midwest and the Rocky Mountains checking him out.

The constant through the last month, though, has been the involvement with Rutgers and Illinois in his recruitment, and they are being rewarded for it.

Mera said he will make official visits to Illinois (Jan. 22) and Rutgers (Jan. 29). His third school is Colorado, where he will begin a visit Sunday.

He has an offer from Illinois, which also had an in-home visit, and said he believes he will pick up a Rutgers offer when he makes his official visit.

"I've got to do some research on these schools because I don't know much about the schools,'' Mera said. "With all the practices and stuff, I don't have time to do my research on the schools. I'm worried about practice and all the schoolwork and stuff like that.''

When it comes time to pick a school, Mera will lean heavy on what he learns during each visit, and the vibe he gets from each program.

"I want a good coaching staff, and coaches that will push you,'' Mera said. "After I take my visits, I should be able to make my decision. But not before signing day.''

He did offer a little more insight into Rutgers.

"I talked to their coach (Greg Schiano) and he was telling me to come there and check it out,'' Mera said. "I don't really know anything about the school. People have been telling me, ‘That's a good school to go to, that's a good school to go to.' Before I make my decision, I want to see what they're all about it.''

Mera's recruitment has changed dramatically since the middle of the season.

Before he registered 103 tackles and 22 sacks as a senior, he was being recruited by Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic and Florida International, all of whom offered.

However, after his coach, Allen Held, sent out a highlight DVD of Mera's senior season, programs with higher visibility became involved. Florida State, Colorado, Rutgers, Iowa and Illinois were a few of the programs stopping by South Broward after the season.

"I don't know why (all the interest),'' Mera said. "I played good my junior season also. They probably saw my game films and wanted to see more.''


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