January 15, 2013

Former Arizona commit Tony Mekari: I'm a Bear





Less than 24 hours after a clandestine meeting with Cal coaches, one-time Arizona commit Tony Mekari was sold on Berkeley.

"After we got back, I stayed up all night talking to my parents, my coaches, and just praying," the 6-3, 260-pound defensive tackle told GoldenBearReport Tuesday evening. "Cal is just a better fit for me."

Owner of a 4.00-plus GPA, Mekari liked what he heard during his visit with a Cal academic advisor.

"I guess you could say I'm undecided, but I'd like study either pre-med or business."

He's also a believer in doing things the right way, as evidenced by his notifying the Wildcats first.

"Out of respect, I called Arizona first, then I called Cal and told 'em I'm a Bear."

Added Mekari, "The coaches said I'll have to opportunity to compete right away, but Cal has great athletes there already, so I know it won't be easy."

The only thing left to do, says the Westlake product, is "take a visit out there in a couple weeks with my parents so we can enjoy it a little more. We only stayed one night and it's been pretty crazy."

Though he hasn't nailed-down an exact date just yet, Mekari's sure about one thing.

"I only slept like two hours last night, so now that I've made my decision, I can get some rest."

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