USC gets big commit for 2016

Torrance (Calif.) four-star athlete Mique Juarez earned a scholarship offer at the Rising Stars Camp last June. While there was potential for a commitment then, the junior held off making a pledge.

Torrance (Calif.) Mique Juarez plays a multitude of positions, but Thursday, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound four-star felt he was ready to get his foot in the door with the Trojans' 2016 class.

“The coaches came by my school and I’ve been really thinking about USC,” said Juarez. “We couldn’t really talk, but I pulled my coach aside afterward and told him that I was ready to commit.

“My dad wanted me to keep it on low, because I’m still looking at other schools and I want to take some visits. But I did commit, and talking with my dad, he said it was my decision.”

Although Juarez commit Thursday, word of his pledge broke Saturday night.

Juarez becomes commitment No. 3 for USC in the class of 2016, joining Bellevue (Wash.) four-star Isaac Garcia and Orchard Lake (Mich.) four-star linebacker Daelin Hayes.

“I really like the coaches at USC,” said Juarez. “They stay in contact with me through social media and we have a really good relationship.

“We talk about all kinds of stuff, not just football. It’s a great program and a big school. I mean, who wouldn’t love to play college football at a school like USC? They’ve always been that school for me, so I was ready to commit to them.”

Juarez will be one of about two dozen top junior prospects making his way to USC Jan. 31 for an unofficial visit. While word of his commitment came early than expected, sitting down with Steve Sarkisian may have been the tipping point for a public announcement shortly after.

“I can’t wait to get up there the 31st and see all of the coaches,” said Juarez. “Coach (Peter) Sirmon and I have been talking about their scheme. I can’t wait to sit down and watch film with the staff.

“Coach says they seen me as a safety that can also play nickel. Basically, they see me as another Su’a Cravens type.”

Juarez made his debut at USC for the Rising Stars Camp last June. That was when Sirmon and Steve Sarkisian brought him into the McKay Center to present him his scholarship offer.

“I’ve been there a few times,” said “I went to the camp, which was really good. Then I’ve gone to a few of their games too. They’ve stayed on my steady since the camp, so that’s one of the reasons I feel really comfortable with the staff.”

Juarez selected USC over scholarship offers from UCLA, Cal, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, BYU, Oklahoma State and others. The one school outside the Western Region is the one Juarez would like to see the most.

“I plan on going to there to see Oklahoma State soon,” said Juarez. “Coach Beni Tonga came out to see me this past week, actually. They want to talk to my parents and see if I can make a trip out there.

“They want me to see how the run their program, and with spring coming up, I might be able to make the visit. Another school I’d like to go see is Washington. I have to get into contact with them.”
While Juarez wouldn’t mind garnering more interest nationally, he also remains humble and thankful for the attention he has.

“You know, I’m happy with the school I have to choose from,” said Juarez. “Every offer is a good offer. USC was big, so I’m not really looking for anything else. I would be fine with just visiting the schools that are recruiting me now and seeing where things go from there.”

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