SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Five-star outside linebacker Mique Juarez recently named Ole Miss and UCLA as the two schools he’s mainly focused on as his recruitment winds down, but do not count out Alabama just yet.
Juarez, the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker, will take an official visit to Alabama on Jan. 22, and that could shake things up.
“Most likely, I think so. It could open my eyes,” Juarez told SEC Country about that trip possibly changing his mind. “Really, I want to see how the players act even if they win the championship or not. I want to see the way they act and how the coaches really are.”
The 6-foot-2, 231-pounder said Crimson Tide outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi is recruiting him to play the “money” position, which is a hybrid linebacker. It’s the position Juarez wants to play at the next level.
“Coach Lupoi told me I’d be playing that money backer position. That’s the consideration,” Juarez said. “The defensive tackles they have over there are vicious guys that can open some holes and make some plays. That’s why I’m really considering (Alabama). You want to make some plays in the backfield. Who doesn’t want to? That’s why I’m really considering it. And playing for coach (Nick) Saban, that is a great guy.”
Following his visit to Alabama, Juarez says he will reevaluate his recruitment and determine which school is the best fit overall.
“If I like Alabama, I might go to Alabama,” Juarez said. “If I don’t like Ole Miss anymore and I just lost feelings, then I’ll look at just UCLA and Alabama. It’s just how I’ll feel.”