Mera names leader heading into Rutgers visit

Defensive lineman Djwany Mera of South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) will make his last official visit this weekend when he travels to Rutgers. He said Illinois and Florida International are also under consideration, but he named a leader as the final week of recruiting kicks off before national letter of intent day Feb. 3. So, who is leading for Mera? And when will he make a decision?

South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) defensive lineman Djwany Mera is slated to be visited by Rutgers assistant coach Chris Hewitt on Thursday, a day before he boards a plane for an official visit to Piscataway, N.J., for his final trip.

But if the Scarlet Knights are going to land the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Mera, ground will have to be made up in the next 72 hours. After visiting Illinois last week, Mera has a leader.

"As of right now, it's Illinois, but after I check out Rutgers I'm going to decide,'' Mera said. "The coaches (at Illinois) were really cool, the players were really cool. The people over there, they're friendly and nice. It seems like there are no problems.''

Mera said Florida International also remains on his radar, although it is behind the other two schools.

His trip to Rutgers will be his first to New Jersey, and is eager to learn more about Rutgers. He added he was making the trip alone.

Mera doesn't yet hold a Rutgers offer, but was told he would receive one if he made an official visit.

"I'm just looking for good people, seeing how the school is, and things like that,'' Mera said. "I'm just looking for a good time, basically. I want the coaches to help me become a better player, basically (looking for) a new family, and people that I can hang with. I'm looking for stuff like that.''

But could Mera have his mind changed and, provided he enjoys the visit, commit to Rutgers before flying back to Florida?

"I'll probably wait until I get home to discuss it with my father,'' he said.

Rutgers and Illinois were late comers to Mera's recruitment, and became involved after he compiled 22 sacks and had 109 tackles as a senior.

He is also a wrestler, and is 25-2 this season for South Broward. But he also knows where his future lies.

"I'm a football player,'' Mera said. "I don't think I could wrestle in college.''

There is one other issue with Mera.

"My grades are fine, but I have to get my test score up,'' he said.

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