Mique Juarez Decision: 4-Star LB Narrows List To Two Final Schools

    Mique Juarez's highly-anticipated decision is nearing. The 4-star linebacker out of California has narrowed his list down to two final schools.

    January 4, 2016

    With National Signing Day approaching, so too is the highly-anticipated Miquez Juarez decision.

    Four-star outside linebacker Mique Juarez is currently in San Antonio, Texas for the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he discussed his upcoming college decision. Juarez has narrowed his list to two schools, the home-state UCLA Bruins and the SEC’s Ole Miss Rebels, according to rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney.

    Juarez is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker and No. 16 overall recruit, according to 247Sports Composite. He’s listed just under 6-foot-2 and tips the scale at 231 lbs.

    Plenty of schools would have love to land the big-time backer — Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Washington were among the schools hot on his trail — however it’s now down to a two-horse race between the Bruins and Rebels.

    For Hugh Freeze, landing Juarez would be a huge recruiting coup and would help to further solidify him as one of the nation’s best recruiters. Freeze is no stranger to 4-star and 5-star athletes, but to continually reel in elite prospects, year after year, from as far away as California is incredibly impressive. Juarez’s commitment could also help in securing Ole Miss’ highest ranked recruiting class under Freeze and further establish the Rebels as a legitimate SEC title contender. 

    For Jim Mora, Juarez is the type of talent you don’t let leave the state — it’s as simple as that. UCLA has produced some top-notch talent at the linebacker position recently. It’s sent Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks to the NFL, and both have seen significant success with the Minnesota Vikings. Now, Myles Jack seems to be next in line, as he’s projected as a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. That’s likely an attractive feature for Juarez.

    The Bruins are currently ranked No. 17 in the nation in the 247Sports Composite team rankings and, as of now, Juarez would be the most prized recruit of the class.

    MORE: College Football Recruiting Rankings Update, Mon. Jan. 4


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