Pickett's Charge

Which local studs are eyeing a Junior Day trip out to Cal? Find out in this campus visit report, featuring the El Cerrito trio.


Last week, the California coaching staff rolled seven-deep around the Bay Area, visiting local 2014 prospects, including a trio at El Cerrito (Calif.), headlined by the No. 26 cornerback in the 2014 Scout.com rankings -- Adarius Pickett.

"I think it was about the whole coaching staff," Pickett said. "There were a lot of Cal coaches."

It was the first time that Pickett had met the new Bears coaching staff -- including defensive backs coach Randy Stewart -- and immediately, they told him that his offer from the previous staff not only stood, but was re-issued with gusto.

"They said that I'm really big, they like my size and they like the way I play," Pickett said.

Pickett is now up to six offers, with more soon to come, but still holds Cal in high esteem.

"I've got five other offers now, with Cal, and as of right now, they're at the top, just like everybody else," Pickett said, coyly.

While on the El Cerrito campus, the Cal coaches made a play to stay at or near the top of Pickett's list by inviting him to partake in one of the program's two junior days – one in early March and one on the day of the Spring Game: March 23.

"They want me to come up as soon as possible," Pickett said. "I'll probably go there in March -- probably the one in late March. In early March, I'm headed to L.A. for a football camp."

This will, of course, be the first spring game in the new California Memorial Stadium. Last year, the old staff held a spring football exhibition in Edwards Track Stadium, with a field 10 yards short.

"I'm excited to really get to know the new staff, and seeing how the players adjust to a new coaching staff, and to see what they do," Pickett said, before noting how much swagger the new staff has. "Oh, yeah they do. They were really nice. They were excited to see me and my friends D.J. and Jalen, so it was a great experience, meeting them for the first time."

Those two friends -- D.J. Calhoun and Jalen Harvey -- are also on Cal's board for 2014.

Harvey -- a 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver -- was said to have impressed wide receivers coach Rob Likens during the visit, and was said to be very excited and receptive to what Likens was pitching.

Calhoun -- a 6-foot-1, 205-pound outside linebacker -- is a bit on the shorter side of 6-1, but is still well-muscled and has some room to grow, as the No. 19 outside linebacker in the 2014 class.

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