Mera commits to Rutgers

Rutgers landed another member of its 2010 recruiting class Monay when Djwany Mera committed to Rutgers. The South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) defensive lineman told on Sunday he would committ to Rutgers today, and he followed through with it this morning by calling coach Greg Schiano.

South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) defensive lineman Djwany Mera followed through Monday on what he told a day earlier and committed to Rutgers coach Greg Schiano this morning.

Mera's coach, Allen Held, said Mera called Schiano this morning to commit.

"It's all done,'' Held said. "He called about 30 minutes ago."

Mera chose Rutgers over Illinois, and made the decision after visiting the Scarlet Knights' campus over the weekend. One of the main reasons Mera chose Rutgers was his relationship with Schiano.

"He's taken care of him,'' Held said. "That is probably one of the biggest reasons he chose the school over Illinois. He said he liked the coachcing staff, and liked the players, and it is a great fit for him. He is looking for a second family, and he likes the fit.''

Mera is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, but "has the body frame to be a lot bigger,'' Held said.

Mera made a big splash as a senior when he finished with 103 tackles, including 22 sacks. After getting mostly interest from non-BCS schools, Colorado, Illinois and Rutgers moved into the fray recently.

And, according to Held, Mera has plenty more room to develop.

"He is a great kid with a great work ethic,'' Held said. "He never stops on the field, very explosive. His first step on the field is very explosive.''

Mera also had some anxious moments in his personal life recently. His parents are from Haiti, and his mom was in the country when the earthquake hit.

"It took a little while, but she is back now,'' Held said.

Mera still must achieve a qualifying test score, but that is not expected to be a big issue. He has a 2.7 grade point average.

And he also fits into the personality of players Schiano is recruiting to Rutgers.

"Djwany is quiet, but he's jokester,'' Mera said. "He has a good personality. He's a very good kid.''

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