Belle Glades is one of the most talent-laden areas in the state of Florida when it comes to high school football. One of the best players in the area is 2010 wide receiver Fred Pickett. The super quick playmaker has seen his recruitment get off to a good start as two major BCS programs extended him offers so far. According to Pickett, a few other national programs have showed interest early.
Growing up in south Florida one would assume that Miami would be Fred's favorite team growing up. But, as Fred puts it, he's grown cheering for the Seminoles.
"I've always been a fan of Florida State," explained Pickett. "I've always liked their tradition. My dad likes them so I grew up on them. They've always been a successful program and have Bobby Bowden as their head coach. My dad speaks to their coaches a lot, but I got my first chance to meet all of them at the Seminole Showtime Camp this past summer."
told NoleDigest that the camp was a learning experience for him, and that he was excited to learn from the former Nole standouts. He says at the camp he was able to meet Coach Bowden for the first time in person.
"I met Coach Bowden at the Showtime Camp," stated Pickett, "and that was exciting. I was happy to meet him. We talked about me being from Glades Central and all that. I also liked working with Anquan Boldin and Peter Warrick. They taught me how to run my routes better and how I can get off the line easier. Those guys are pros so it was cool having them teach me how they do it."
Coach Bowden is a major reason why Pickett likes the Seminoles. He loves the way he coaches his players and the rich tradition he has built up at FSU. While he knows there's a good chance that he may not be there for most of his career were he to go to FSU, he says getting a chance to play for him would be nice.
"I would like for Coach Bowden to be there if I go there," said Pickett about his desire to play for the winningest coach in Division 1 history. "I like all of the other coaches there and I know they have a plan. Most of the other guys are young and I know they can help me out. I know I'd get coached up anyway, but it would be nice to play for a legendary guy like Bowden."
Fred has Florida State on top right now with West Virginia and Miami rounding out his top 3. He says while the Noles have a solid lead, the two other programs have things about them that he likes.
"I like FSU, West Virginia and Miami right now," said Pickett. "I just like FSU's style more than any other college. With West Virginia I like the style of offense they run and I have some of my old coaches up there. Coach Sider was one of my coaches when I was in 8th grade so I am comfortable with them. Also it's the only other college I have been to. With Miami it's the location. It is close to home and I will be able to get help from my family if needed. I also like the tradition they have there."
While Pickett isn't the biggest wide out you'll see, he is a dynamic playmaker when he has the ball in his hands. He feels that he can be a guy who colleges can depend on as a player for them when he gets to that level.
"I'm almost 5'11" and 167 pounds right now," stated Pickett about his measurables. "I think I have the ability to get the ball when it's in the air and I am quick off the line. I can fight with the corners and I think I have been coaches well. Before I get into college I want to get bigger and work on my speed."
While Fred has a solid leader at this time he is in no rush to make a decision. He feels privileged to have this opportunity of being offered a college scholarship.
"I am going to go through the process," explained Pickett, "and see who else comes after me. I have a while before I need to make a decision. I'm blessed to have the offers I have and I was surprised these schools offered so early. I am going to ride the process out and let it all fall into place."
Florida State already has a commitment for the 2010 in Darius Cummings, and they are in good standing with many of the top players in south Florida for 2010. If the early indications give any clues, guys like Pickett are going to continue the Seminoles strong recruiting under the new coaching staff. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Fred's recruitment and junior and senior seasons.