Tuesday, April 2, 2013
CB Pickett is poised for a big spring
By Erik McKinney
El Cerrito (Calif.) High School is going to be a hot spot for college coaches this spring, and cornerback Adarius Pickett stands to reap the rewards.
The 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback already holds offers from Arizona State, Cal, Nevada, UCLA, Utah and Washington State, and is also hearing from schools such as Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue and Texas Tech.
"I'm getting a lot of letters from a lot of different schools," Pickett said. "It's been going really well the last couple of months. A lot of school are coming to see me this spring."
It already has been a pretty busy spring for Pickett, who is a standout baseball player, as well. He's batting .437 with eight stolen bases this year and recently visited Cal to take in a Golden Bears baseball game.
"I've been playing baseball since I was 4 years old, and that could be an option at the next level," Pickett said. "Arizona State, Cal and UCLA have said I could play both. Right now it's football though, and if baseball comes along, that's great."
Pickett has been to Cal numerous times, for baseball and football, and is building a solid relationship with the coaches there.
"I went to the spring game, and it's been really good with them," Pickett said. "[Defensive backs] coach [Randy] Stewart likes me a lot, and I talk to coach Sonny Dykes and coach Andy Buh a lot."
Pickett added that he has good relationships with coaches at Arizona State and UCLA, as well.
This weekend, the cornerback will have an opportunity to form contacts with Stanford coaches, as Pickett will be on campus Saturday for the Cardinal's junior day.
"I'm going to Stanford on Saturday," he said. "I went to their camp last summer and was named Defensive MVP at their camp. That's the only time I've been to their campus."
Pickett is being recruited as a cornerback by most schools, although he said Vanderbilt and Washington have talked to him about possibly playing safety at the next level.
Though Pac-12 schools have shown so much interest of late, Pickett said he isn't in a hurry to get through the process. The future business major has no plans as of yet to attend school camps this summer, though he will be in attendance at the Northern California Nike Camp in mid-May.
"Right now I'm just letting everything develop," Pickett said. "It's something where I'll sit down with my family and discuss it, but right now it's still early."
Pickett will have some help throughout the process, too, as good friends D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) and Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) are also big-time recruits. The three have talked about playing together at the next level, but Pickett said that is more of an idea than a plan.
"We're really close -- like brothers," Pickett said. "But it's going to be whatever school fits us individually. If the same school fits us all best, then we'll go together. But if it's not, then it won't happen."