Exclusive Video: UCLA linebacker Mique Juarez Interview

Mar. 28 -- The top-rated linebacker in the 2016 class spoke with Bruin Report Online before beginning his career at UCLA...

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Mique Juarez can't help but smile when he hears the Myles Jack comparisons.

Before signing with UCLA in February, the top-rated linebacker in the 2016 class watched Jack closely, analyzing his movements on defense and his tenacity on offense. It might be unfair to put Juarez side by side with a player that many are projecting to be a high NFL Draft selection, especially given the immediate impact Jack made when he arrived on campus, yet Juarez, the No. 1 prospect in California last season, is embracing it.

"I want to be better than him," Juarez said of Jack. "I have a big goal and a big expectation to that guy, but I really want to show what I'm able to do and just be better."

His confidence isn't empty by any means -- Juarez accounted for 60 total touchdowns at Torrance (Calif.) North last year despite playing nearly every snap on defense, posting the type of numbers that are likely to earn him a look or two alongside Josh Rosen and Co. this fall.


Juarez, an early enrollee who moved into his dorm Sunday, spoke with Bruin Report Online last week about his expectations and goals heading into his first spring practice with the Bruins. Check out the exclusive video interview below:

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