The Utes and their coaching staff has been on fire with transfers since spring ball has ended, and they may have picked up the biggest gem of all with the commitment of former 5-star linebacker, and UCLA Bruin Mique Juarez.
Thank you Utah coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to continue playing ball. And for also giving me this time to also take care of my family and to graduate from UCLA. I’m not just blessed I’m thankful for this amazing opportunity. Trust in God and Family✊ pic.twitter.com/vBEcrpdjvm— Meek (@miquejuarez3) May 14, 2019
Juarez had offers all over the country coming out of high school, and I was hoping he would end up at Utah as a signee, but he is coming to Utah through a long road. The 5-star backer couldn’t stay healthy at UCLA, playing in just 14 games, and was limited by concussions.
The Utes were competing against BYU for the young man’s services, with him picking the red over the blue yesterday. He joins what appears to be a nicely rebuilt linebacker corps, and he has two years to play two as a grad transfer. He joins the likes of Francis Bernard, Manny Bowen, Devin Lloyd, Christian Folau, and Sione Lund among others. The strong thing about the linebacking group for the Utes is that so many of them are originally from other programs. Bowen from Penn State, Bernard and Folau from BYU, Lund from Stanford and now Juarez from UCLA.
Obviously, they have big shoes to fill, but I’m really liking this linebacker group that has been put together by Coach Whitt and crew.