Pickens Impressed Following ASU Visit

A.J. Pickens is by his own admission a playmaker. Thus, he naturally enjoyed seeing in the person the Sun Devils exploding for 44 points against Washington. Devils Digest talked to the Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo standout after his Tempe trip.

"It was lots of fun. The campus, the team, the game," said the 5-10 175 A.J. Pickens, "It was all good. I really like the offense and how they use their wide receivers. It can be a good fit for me. I really liked it there, and I thought about committing there."

The Sun Devils marked his first official visit of the recruiting season. Pickens, who's been recruited by ASU's safeties coach Matt Lubick, stated that he plans to take his time with his decision. "I still want to take more visits," he commented. "I have Oregon State on November 20th and Washington on November 10th."

His season Pickens has already rushed for 511 yards and five touchdowns. As a junior the wide receiver led in scoring (84 pts.). He rushed for 808 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 27 balls for 345 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned 12 kickoffs for 341 yards. "I have good speed and make big plays," he said of his skills. "I need to get more physical, and do a better job getting out of my breaks and running my routes."

Pickens said that ASU is "way up there" as far as his list of favorites, and said that this is because this was his first time on an official trip. "I want to go to others schools and see what they have," he remarked. "But Arizona State was real nice and I really liked their campus."

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