TORRANCE, Calif. – According to 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Ryan Bartow, 5-star outside linebacker Mique Juarez has decommitted from USC.
This is not a huge surprise considering the fact that head coach Steve Sarkisian was fired yesterday, but it certainly is a huge blow to the Trojans’ 2016 recruiting class.
Juarez is 6-foot-2, 222 pounds and is ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation, according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s also ranked as the No. 17 overall player nationally and No. 2 recruit from the state of California, so he’s without a doubt a big-time recruit.
Shortly after the news of his decommitment broke, Juarez posted the news on Twitter in his own words.
— Mique (@miquejuarez3) October 13, 2015
Though USC offensive coordinator Clay Helton has already been named the interim head coach, it’s the uncertainty of the future that likely brought on this decommitment from Juarez. Much like what was brought up last night regarding South Carolina decommitment P.J. Blue—who decommitted shortly after Steve Spurrier’s retirement was announced—it’s the uncertainly that’s one of the biggest red flags for a recruit.
Will Helton be the full-time head coach heading into next season? Who knows. Who will the new head coach be and what schemes will he prefer? Will he want new coordinators and new assistants, and will they be easy to get along with as a recruit? What about the coaches that already took their time to build a relationship with a recruit? There are so many questions and factors to consider when a head coaching change is made, so frankly, it’s surprising this decommitment didn’t happen sooner. Again, frankly, it’s a bit surprising that Juarez is only USC’s second decommitment since everything has gone down with Sarkisian. Remember, 4-star outside linebacker Daelin Hayes decommitted from the Trojans this past weekend. His announcement sounded pretty similar to Juarez’s, doesn’t it?
— ⚡️Daelin Hayes⚡️ (@DaelinHayes_24) October 11, 2015
And that’s to be expected. USC’s program is in a state of uncertainty right now. Of course families are urging their star recruits to take a step back and examine other options.
Luckily for Juarez, as one of the top linebacker recruits in the nation he has plenty of options. His offer list features 17 schools, with big-time football programs such as UCLA, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Utah and Washington all making appearances.