USC’s 2015 recruiting class is shaping up to one of the tops in the nation. But the Trojans' coaching staff is also hard at work on the 2016 group. The 2016 class landed their third ESPN junior 300 commit last night when North HS (Torrance, Calif.) quarterback-linebacker Mique Juarez gave his commitment to the Trojans. Juarez chose USC over UCLA and Washington among others.
The 6’2", 209-pound Torrance native played mainly quarterback this past season for North Torrance, but with USC possibly having Max Browne, Sam Darnold, and Ricky Town competing for the 2016 starting job, Juarez is expected to be either a linebacker or safety as a Trojan.
Juarez is ranked No. 217 in the recent ESPN Jr. 300 rankings, the sixth best dual-threat quarterback, and has received four out of possible five stars from the ESPN recruiting panel. 247sports also lists Juarez as a quarterback and have him ranked No. 150 in the 2016 class. Scout ranks him as a four-star middle linebacker -- second best MLB in California and the No. 140 prospect overall while Rivals, who lists Juarez as an athlete, has him highest overall at No. 81.
Check out North HS two-way star Mique Juarez's highlights from 2014: