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#97 Tony Mekari
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 275
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
High School: Westlake HS
Experience: Redshirt

WESTLAKE HS: A first-team All-Southern Section (MaxPreps) choice as well as the Ventura County and Marmonte League Lineman of the Year as a 2012 senior when he played on both sides of the line, recording 17 tackles and 3.0 sacks on defense while helping his offense to 377.7 yards of total offense, 26.4 points per game and a spot in the Southern Section Pac 5 playoffs … played offensive line on powerhouse teams during his freshman, sophomore and junior campaigns from 2009-11 that won two Southern Section North Division titles and three Marmonte League crowns while compiling a 40-3 overall record, 24-1 Marmonte League mark, a pair of No. 4 state rankings during his freshman and junior seasons, and No. 17 and No. 19 national rankings in his junior and freshman campaigns, respectively … offense had per-game averages of 44.5 points and 415.0 yards of total offense during his junior campaign, 42.4 points and 439.7 yards of total offense in his 2010 sophomore season and 41.4 points and 409.2 yards of total offense as a freshman … played on both the offensive and defensive lines as a junior for a team that won the Southern Section North Division, finished 14-1 overall and 9-0 in the Marmonte League, and had its only loss in the California State Open Bowl in its final game of the season … recorded 27 tackles, 4.0 sacks and three quarterback hurries on defense during his junior campaign … named the Marmonte League Most Improved Player as a sophomore … had career totals of 44 tackles, 7.0 sacks and three quarterback hurries on defense … a three-star recruit according to 247Composite, 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout … ranked as high as the nation’s No. 63 defensive tackle according to 247Sports, with additional rankings at the position by Scout (No. 67), ESPN (No. 73) and 247Composite (No. 82) … ESPN listed him at No. 177 among the top players overall in his region … 247Sports gave him his top ranking among all players in California at No. 113, while he checked in at No. 121 according to ESPN and No. 153 by 247Composite … Scout listed him at No. 10 among the top defensive tackles in the West heading into 2013 National Signing Day … a four-time Academic Honor Roll and Ventura County All-Academic selection, and a National Football Foundation Academic nominee … represented his school at a leadership conference hosted by Pepperdine … also played basketball and lacrosse.

OTHER: Full name is Tony Sayed Mekari … born September 23, 1995 … parents are Tony and Carol Mekari … major is undeclared.

Last Updated: July 22, 2013

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