Torrance (Calif.) North five-star linebacker and USC commit Mique Juarez was honored at his high school Thursday afternoon where he was officially selected as a U.S. Army All-American.
Following the ceremony, we talked with Juarez about what this honor meant to him.
"The ceremony meant a lot to me," Juarez said. "All these people who came out, it shows how many people care and support me on my decisions and accomplishments. It touched my heart."
On the recruiting front, Juarez recently received a scholarship offer from defending national champion Ohio State.
"They emailed my coach that I got a scholarship," Juarez said. "I thought that was crazy. That is when I started to believe I am who I am and I'm a good football player. When the No. 1 team in the nation is looking at me it has me believing that I am really good."
Juarez said he would "definitely" take an official visit to Ohio State and Oklahoma and he is discussing the rest of his potential visits with his parents. He is trying to sort out the best times to take trips sometime after he is able to take the ACT.
Locally Juarez still says he is a USC commit and the communication between himself and the coaching staff has been open and easy.
"We're still talking and still discussing what the plan is," he said. "I came to the Stanford game and we talked about how school was going. They kept telling me to put my jersey on so I could play for them. But they were just making sure I would finish school and all of that.
"I just watched the first half [of the Stanford game] and then I had to leave with my family. They were doing good, I saw good things and then I left and was like, 'What the heck just happened?' I don't know, but they'll fix it, I know they'll fix it."
Across town Juarez talked about the season-ending injury to UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.
"I was just shocked, he is a star player," he said. "I know it's not going to hurt the team. It is college football and anything can happen. I am pretty sure someone else can fill in that spot.
"If I were to go to UCLA, thinking about playing on the same side as Myles Jack, that would be crazy. But at the same time you have to look into other schools also. Whatever happens with my decision, I've just got to stick with it."
Mique Juarez will be in action tonight when North travels to Inglewood.
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