Mique Juarez was one of the few prospects to land an offer after performing well at the USC Rising Stars Camp last week and it's a huge honor for the 2016 prospect from Torrance (Calif.) North.
His coach, Todd Croce, said it's far too early to consider a commitment but getting an offer from the Trojans is a big deal for everybody involved and it's a big step for Juarez, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect who has played almost every position on the field.
"He was definitely appreciative but he's a tremendous talent and he was definitely deserving of it," Croce said.
"It's huge. First of all to get a local school right away that's a great feeling for him. He has the option of staying home along with who knows what will come in the future. Getting a big-time school like that has to be a great feeling for him."
The USC offer is a big thing for Juarez, a prospect who will probably play linebacker in college but who has proven at Torrance North that he can play almost anywhere on the field.
Croce utilizes his 2016 standout on offense, defense and special teams and that versatility is something that makes Juarez extra special. He's truly a player who can be an asset all over the place.
"He does a little bit of everything," Croce said. "Offensively, he's played every position other than being on the offensive line. Defensively, by the time he's done he'll probably have played every position.
"He returns the football, he punts the ball. It's funny, at the end of last season he said he needed to really work on his kick off. He's still not done but it's probably looking like he'll play linebacker. His speed and doing things, he has a good nose for the football and he's a physical guy."
USC is the lone offer for Juarez so far but Croce said plenty of Pac-12 programs are showing early interest including a great deal from UCLA and Utah. It's expected Juarez could become a national recruit through his junior season.