Five-star LB Mique Juarez Stays Home For School

Feb. 3 -- Five-star linebacker Mique Juarez committed to UCLA on Wednesday, giving UCLA the crown jewel for its excellent 2016 class...

Mique Juarez commited to UCLA on Wednesday, ending his long recruitment that began with a USC commitment almost a year ago.

The five-star linebacker had been thought to be a UCLA lean for many of the last few months, but in recent weeks, there was plenty of buzz that Alabama or Ole Miss had made up ground.

Not so, and on Wednesday, the elite athlete decided for the Bruins. The No. 1 outside linebacker is a versatile prospect who would probably be an FBS level prospect at running back or quarterback as well. He's being recruited by UCLA to replace Myles Jack, and it's not a silly comparison -- Juarez is a very good athlete who could replicate much of what Jack was able to do on the field.

Juarez gives UCLA the crown jewel of its class. If Tagaloa was the critical piece to make it a successful class, Juarez is the piece that makes it an excellent class. He's the kind of elite athlete who could have a huge impact on the way UCLA plays defense.

We'll have much more on Juarez' commitment soon.

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