SAN ANTONIO, Texas — After eliminating Washington from his recruitment just days ago, Mique Juarez is focused in on UCLA and Ole Miss.
The five-star linebacker from Torrance, Calif., will likely decide between the two programs in the coming weeks, though he will continue to give Alabama some consideration. Juarez is slated to officially visit Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Jan. 22, he confirmed to SEC Country on Wednesday.
Juarez, the No. 16 prospect in the country, broke down his take on the Bruins and Rebels and what it will take for him to make his decision come Feb. 3.
On UCLA: “(Head coach) Jim Mora is always contacting me. (Linebackers coach) Scott White and I, we have a really good relationship. I’m still considering them because I can come in as an early enrollee and possibly start at the position Myles Jack was playing. And they’ll give me an opportunity to run the ball on offense.”
On Ole Miss: “Hugh Freeze is a great coach. I love that guy. He’s an awesome guy to talk to. Other coaches like (assistant coach Corey) Batoon, (assistant coach Dave Wommack) they’ve been talking to me. Those are great coaches to be around. And the players, too. The environment itself. The southern hospitality is amazing. I love it out there.”
Following his final official visit to Alabama later this month, 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.”