Five-Star LB Mique Juarez Sets New Decision Date

Dec. 11 -- After planning to commit at the Army All-American Bowl in January, North Torrance (Calif.) linebacker Mique Juarez has pushed back his decision to Signing Day...

The original plan for elite five-star linebacker Mique Juarez was to take a few December visits and then make his decision January 9 at the Army All-American Bowl. Those plans have now been scrapped. 

Juarez, rated the nation's No. 1 OLB and No. 14 player nationally, has already visited Ole Miss and checked out Washington earlier this week.

"I had a great time, I loved it there," Juarez said. "I was very comfortable there, I felt at home and Washington is definitely a place I could see myself at for the next four years of my life. I know I'll be taken care of there and I love the players and coaches.

"There's a real brotherhood on the team, that's what probably stood out most for me. It was great seeing how close everyone is and how everyone just bonds together. It felt like one big family and I really fit in well there."

Juarez said Washington is a school that has been on his short list for some time.

"I've always liked them," Juarez said. "I've always had a good feel for the school but just wanted to get out there and check out the place for myself. Coach Gregory and Coach K (Kwiatkowski) are my primary recruiters and I like them both a lot. Coach Petersen is a great guy as well and you can tell they really care about their players.

"My host was Azeem Victor and he was real cool. He's a good player and treated me great, all the players did. I still have a few more trips to take but I'm very interested in Washington right now."

This weekend, Juarez will visit Oklahoma and has two more visits planned for January.

"I was going to announce at the Army Game but I'm going to take the rest of my trips now," Juarez said. "I don't have dates set but I'm going to visit UCLA and Alabama and then announce on Signing Day.

"I don't want to rush my decision and the trips are very important to me. I don't want to look back and have any regrets after I make my decision so I'm just going to take my time and really evaluate all my options. I have some great choices right now and I'm open to all of them so that's why I want to wait to make sure I'm doing the right thing."

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