5-star OLB Mique Juarez Talks Visit Plans

Nov. 19 -- Torrance (Calif.) North five-star outside linebacker Mique Juarez will take his first official visit this weekend, heading down to Ole Miss and he talked about his official visit plans...

Torrance (Calif.) North linebacker Mique Juarez is set for his first official visit this weekend.

"I'm going to Ole Miss this weekend for my first visit," said Juarez. "I'm pretty excited, especially going down to Ole Miss, because football is different down South. It's exciting. They play LSU this weekend. Coach (Corey) Batoon is recruiting me and I'm looking forward to the visit."

The one-time USC commit, who decommitted from the Trojans last month, will then wait until his season is done to take the last couple of visits he's hoping to. 

"I'm doing early enrollment, so I'm going to try and take 3-4 more visits if I can, but it all depends on how far my team goes in the playoffs," said Juarez. 

Juarez said he's still set to announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, and plans to be on a college campus not long after that.

The only visit Juarez knows he'll for sure take in December is one to Alabama.

"Coach Tosh (Lupoi) at Alabama is recruiting me hard so I know I'm going to Alabama in December," said Juarez.  "Oklahoma, Coach (Tim) Kish and Coach (Mike) Stoops are recruiting me hard too so I want to try and visit there in December too."

Ohio State is another school he's interested in visiting, but Notre Dame, where he had been considering for a trip, looks to be out.

"I haven't heard from Notre Dame in a while," said Juarez.

Meanwhile, UCLA, which has been long on Juarez, even when he was committed to USC, continues to be heavily in the mix for Juarez.

"I'm talking to Coach (Scott) White probably every day, usually on Twitter," said Juarez.  "I've been up there enough that I won't take an official visit, but I'll probably take a couple more unofficial visits.  Coach White is the main one recruiting me and when I get there, I talk to Coach (Jim) Mora and with all the staff.  The running backs coach (Kennedy Polamalu), said they want to use me like Myles Jack on offense too."

BYU, Washington and Oklahoma State are also trying to get in the game for Juarez, and he's open to them too.

"UCLA, BYU, Oklahoma State and Washington, those are the schools recruiting me probably the hardest right now," said Juarez.

And USC isn't completely out of it for the five-star.

"I would like to see who USC hires first," said Juarez.

Juarez said he's eager to get on to a college campus in January, and start that chapter of his life, but he's not grown too tired of the process yet.

"I'm actually still enjoying the recruiting process," said Juarez.  "But I am looking forward to getting to college and not have to call all the coaches back and be on the phone all the time.  I'm ready to just focus on college."

When he gets to college, the next focus will be on one position, though Juarez is making a strong case for being the next two-way guy from the West.

"If coaches offer me a chance to play more running back, I'll definitely do it, but if they don't need any help there, then I'll focus on linebacker," said Juarez.  "I'll go with whatever they need help at.  Its funny, with linebacker, once our coaches made that adjustment to me playing it, coaches watched my highlights and I got this big jump in my recruiting, but I love offense and I love quarterback so I'd be open to playing offense in college for sure."

North plays Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa in the CIF-SS quarterfinals on Friday.


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