BERKELEY -- After what he called a "home run" Elite Junior Day visit last week, El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback and newly-minted four-star Adarius Pickett took in California spring football practice on Friday, fresh off of a baseball game for the Gauchos.
Batting leadoff, Pickett went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run in a loss, but he was all smiles on the Memorial Stadium floor, spending the night watching Randy Stewart put the Bears defensive backs through their paces.
"Really up-tempo, the DBs are really good, a lot of good footwork and some drills that I can take home and get myself better," Pickett observed. "Coach Stewart, he's crazy, but he teaches. He gets out there. He's old, but he moves around a lot. He's really experienced with the game ... He's got quick feet too."
Pickett was joined on the sidelines by linebacker D.J. Calhoun and Jalen Harvey, all three of whom will be back for the March 23 Junior Day and spring game.
"I'll be back on the 23rd,"" Pickett smiled. "Junior Day was excellent. We got to see how the crowd acts at a basketball game, and I've already seen how it acts in here. I got to be here when nobody was here in the stadium, it was a very good experience."
Seeing Cal go at it on Friday elevated the Bears in Pickett's estimation.
"It helps just to see, putting myself in position to where, if I decide to come here, how I'll be practicing," Pickett said. "I can see it in my head right now. I'm the same size as these guys. On TV, they look bigger, but it's all good, though. They're hard-working, and it just makes me want to get better."
While the talk of the past few days has been two-sport athlete Jacob Wark, Pickett says that playing both baseball and football at the next level isn't a major factor, though his 4.5 speed helped him steal 15 bases last season, and he already has four swipes in five games this spring.
"My coach [last year] didn't let me steal like that," Pickett laughed. "I don't know why."
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