Mera Sets Plans; Where Does Rutgers Stand?

South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) defensive end Djwany Mera was bummed about not qualifying academically, but his plans are in place for the fall. Mera spoke with about the siuation, and discussed whether he will attend prep school in the fall or remain in south Florida. Mera also discussed whether he remains committed to Rutgers, or if he will re-open his recruitment.

The disappointment still sits there for Djwany Mera, but he is determined to push past it.

He is set on enrolling at Rutgers, even if it is six months later than he anticipated.

Mera, a defensive end from South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.), told on Tuesday he is finalizing plans to enroll at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) later this month, and then enroll at Rutgers in January.

"I'm committed to them so I'm not going to look anywhere else," Mera said. "That's the school I picked and the school I'm going to stay with."

Of course, Mera will be pursued hard by other schools, and South Broward coach Alan Held said that started about the same time schools learned in late June that Mera was not going to be eligible because he did not achieve a necessary test score.

"A lot of people are pushing hard but he is strong with Rutgers," Held said. "It can change, but I don't see it changing at all. He committed to Rutgers for a reason."

Mera added nothing changed since his February commitment to the Scarlet Knights, and the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder added the Rutgers staff has been advising him through the process.

"They helped me a lot," Mera said. "I talk to them twice a week, maybe three times a week. They call me whenever they can. They've been very supportive. They've been backing me up. Even when I didn't have everything (settled), they were telling me what to do to try and get things straightened out. They've been very supportive."

Rather than frowning and being down about the situation, Mera is looking at the positive aspect of enrolling at Rutgers in January.

Mera was expected to red-shirt, so enrolling in January should not hinder his development.

In fact, it could accelerate it since he will be involved in the offseason conditioning and weight lifting programs and participate in spring practice before being ready for the 2011 season.

"It will help me a lot," Mera said. "It will help me get used to the plays, to get bigger and stronger. Things like that."

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