Juarez Continues the Cal-Centennial Connection


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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted Apr 7, 2015
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After visiting Berkeley for Saturday's spring scrimmage,Corona Centennial offensive tackle Daniel Juarez decided to make the call for Cal after returning hope following the visit.
Juarez and his Husky squad faced perennial state finalist De La Salle in the Open finals in Carson in December, losing a barnburner to the Spartans. Centennial however is once again loaded coming into 2016.
"I came up to Cal for a visit on Saturday," said Juarez. "I got to sit in position meetings with Coach Jones and tour the facilities and watch practice.
"With Cal being the number one public university in the country, I'll be earning a prestigious degree and playing in a great conference for a powerful offense." 
"It was all great. Everything fits like a glove for me at Cal." 
"Daniel's a really good kid," said Centennial head coach Matt Logan. "He's a great student (3.5 gpa) and a very smart player.
"He's really only scratched the surface a player. He's only 16 and his upside's tremendous."
Cal offensive line coach Brandon Jones has made it a point to target stronger prep players rather than relying on the strength and conditioning program at the collegiate level to get the job done late.
By all accounts, Juarez checks that box. 
"He's young and he's got a great frame," said Logan. "He's built it the right way, gradually. He's not a big kid trying to lose weight. He's built his frame up progressively. You wouldn't even guess he's 290 looking at him.
"He's athletic, he's smart and he's a great player." 
Juarez's brother tripped to Cal earlier and put Cal on his radar, especially with his academic inclinations but it was the relationships he's built with his lead recruiter Jacob Peeler and his future coach that seeled it for him.
"I feel like I have a great relationship with Coach Peeler, Coach Jones and Coach Dykes," said Juarez.
"I feel like I'll fit in really well with their Bear Raid offense since we run that here and with their coaching style.
"It's really a perfect fit for me." 
With recent commitments from running back Tre Watson in 2014 and 2015 receiver Grayson Bankhead, the Bears have made strong inroads with the always strong and talented Centennial program. 
The Bears beat out Texas Tech, Washington State, Nevada and more for Juarez's services. 
Stay tuned for more from Juarez and Centennial coach Matt Logan. 
To view Juarez's profile, including junior highlights, click here
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