Clovis High wrestler Justin Mejia, who this season will attempt to become California’s second four-time state prep champion, committed to the University of Illinois via Twitter on Saturday.
It completes, for now, a shift in gears along his way to a college home after deciding in July to rescind the oral commitment he gave to Iowa in November 2014 ahead of his sophomore season.
“I have finally found a place that fits me,” Mejia tweeted.
Flo Wrestling had Mejia at No. 18 on its Big Board of recruits and fifth among those who remained uncommitted.
The Bee’s two-time Wrestler of the Year, Mejia enters his senior season with the chance to join Bakersfield’s Darrell Vasquez (1999-2002) as the only four-time state high school champions in California history. Mejia won at 106 pounds as a freshman, 113 as a sophomore and 120 as a junior.
Iowa is second to Oklahoma State in all-time NCAA team championships. Illinois has yet to win a national team title, but Martinez’s individual championship was the 24th in the 106-year history of the Fighting Illini program.