Apr. 13 -- The USC-committed linebacker Mique Juarez is still talking to other schools regularly...
is easy among the nation's top linebacker prospects and is currently ranked the No. 42 overall player in the nation. He's a do it all type of 'backer who can rush the quarterback, play in space and drop back in to coverage. He's a highly competitive kid with a motor and a huge upside to him.
On the recruiting front, Juarez committed to USC
last January but immediately said he still wanted to go through the process and take his visits, and that remains the situation.
"I like USC and have a really good relationship with Coach Martin and Coach Sirmon," Juarez said. "I talk to those guys all the time and I always enjoy talking with them. I wasn't able to make it out to any of the spring practices but I'll be at the Spring Game today and I'm really looking forward to it.
"I still want to play the process out though and look at other schools. USC knows I want to look around and I've been talking to a lot of different schools. I want to take some visits this spring and summer and then I'll do my official visits in the fall."
Juarez said he was actually supposed to visit a couple of schools this past week.
"I was supposed to visit Washington
on Thursday but my dad didn't want me to go alone and he couldn't make it out there with me," Juarez said. We were also trying to get out to Oklahoma State
for a visit this weekend but that fell through.
"I also want to visit Nebraska
. Coach Riley and Coach Bray recruited me hard when they were at Oregon State
and I've stayed in touch with them since they came over to Nebraska. I would love to hear more from Florida State
too but I haven't had any luck so far."
A couple of Pac 12 schools are also high on the lists for Juarez.
"I talk with UCLA
a lot and I'm very interested in both," Juarez said. "I talk to Scott White at UCLA a lot and they're a great program. Oregon is a great school as well and I would definitely like to take a visit out there some time for sure.
"I'm planning to try and graduate early so I can take part in spring practice next year. I really want to start my freshman year so that's why I'm working hard on graduating early. So my plan is to try and get as many visits in as I can early in the season and then make a final decision. Like I said, I'm still committed but I'm keeping my options open and going through the process with an open mind."