USC commit excited by ND offer

Junior four-star linebacker Mique Juarez of Torrance (Calif.) North explains why he’s having second thoughts on his commitment to the Trojans and why Notre Dame will receive his consideration going forward.

Athlete Mique Juarez of Torrance (Calif.) North committed to USC last week, but the recruitment of the four-star dual-threat quarterback/ linebacker is anything but complete.

Upon picking up an offer from the Irish a day after his commitment to the Trojans, Juarez knows he’ll visit Notre Dame this summer.

“It was very surprising to me that Notre Dame offered because after I committed to USC I didn’t think schools would be interested in me,” Juarez said. “But, I think an offer from Notre Dame is awesome. I don’t think I can make it to their junior day, but I’ll definitely be out there this summer and probably in June. I can’t wait to take a trip out there and see it for myself.”

Despite the fresh pledge to the Trojans, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect is eager to check out all his options, and Notre Dame is among those on the top of the list.   

“I’m not solid with USC,” Juarez said. “It’s not the best decision I’ve ever made. I want to go somewhere out of state for college, and I want to see what other schools have to offer.”

Academics could be key.

“I didn’t look deep into USC’s education, and that’s my fault,” Juarez added. “Notre Dame has a great education. They graduate almost all of their students and players. It’s like 97 percent. That’s very high. I want an education that will help me after college especially if football doesn’t work out. Notre Dame has that.”

Juarez starts at quarterback and linebacker for Torrance North. Most programs project him on defense, including Notre Dame and USC. Irish quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur is recruiting Juarez.

“Coach LaFleur said he would have to look at my film again for quarterback, but right now Notre Dame loves me at outside linebacker,” Juarez said. “He told me not too long ago when he came by my school that they’ve never seen someone so vicious in high school before at linebacker.”

Juarez received visits from BYU, Oregon and UCLA on Monday and expects Washington to drop by on Tuesday.

Juarez is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 2 middle linebacker in the West and as the No. 5 middle linebacker nationally.  


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