Tuesday, April 30, 2013
CB Pickett still taking things slowly
By Erik McKinney
Cornerback Adarius Pickett (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) is spending this spring collecting offer after offer from Pac-12 programs, but it hasn't sped up the recruiting process for the 6-foot, 185-pound athlete.
After taking a weekend trip to Los Angeles that saw him compete in the Passing Down Best of the West tournament and take unofficial visits to UCLA and USC, Pickett said he isn't concerning himself with top groups or leaders.
"As of right now, I don't know what school is standing out," Pickett said. "I still have offers coming in, so I still have to keep thinking about that."
Pac-12 programs California, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington are some of the schools that have offered thus far, and the Bruins and Trojans had opportunities this weekend to make an impression on Pickett, as well as good friends D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) and Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom).
"It gave me more of a feel for both schools," Pickett said. "I got to see how USC coach [Clancy] Pendergast is as a coach and I got along well with him and the assistants. USC likes me a lot. They want me to come in and play early."
The UCLA visit offered Pickett an opportunity to see a spring game, and the cornerback said he was excited to put in some more face time with the Bruins coaches.
"UCLA, with Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin), I talk to him every day, through Facebook, Twitter or the phone," Pickett said. "We talk every day and our relationship has grown. Coach [Jim] Mora was really happy to see me the other day. It was a good feeling."
El Cerrito will be a hot spot for many college coaches this spring, as the Gauchos have several prospects being targeted by various programs. But Pickett isn't yet completely focused on football at this point. A standout baseball player, Pickett is hitting .390 this season with 19 stolen bases, a figure which he takes plenty of pride in. He said his football plans this spring include the Northern California Nike Camp in May, but there likely won't be much additional travel.
Pickett still isn't sure when his recruitment will come to an end. Calhoun's plan is to make an announcement after the fourth game of the season, and Pickett said that might be an option for him as well, but he'll have to wait and see if that is possible.
The other big issue up in the air is whether or not Pickett, Calhoun and Mixon will head to the next level together.
"We're together all the time and we like being with each other," Pickett said. "We have some of the same offers, so there's a good possibility that we could do that, but I don't know yet. It's going to have to be everybody's own decision."