One of Kentucky's biggest needs for the 2009 class is at defensive back. According to Darryl Phipps, Pickett's head coach at Marshall High School (Tx.), Pickett is an all-around athlete who may wind up at defensive back. "We played him on offense, but I think he's a defensive back," said Phipps.
"He's got great change of direction and leaping ability. His hands are great and he's coachable," said Phipps. "Like most high school kids, he needs to work on his strength. That's the biggest thing that I see. But he's got that explosiveness and quickness needed at the next level," said Phipps.
"He's got great feet. He's extremely quick. He can get to the edge on you. Jared's a good athlete because he can do so manythings. He's got a varied skillset. He's played at all the skill spots," Phipps continued.
"He's a 4.4 (forty) sprinter. I sent film all over the country to different schools. (Coach Brown) liked him a lot. Coach Brooks liked him as well and the invited him for a visit. Then they took it from there," said Phipps.
Phipps spoke with Pickett briefly about his visit to Kentucky this weekend. "I saw him this morning in the hallway. He was beaming. He had a great visit," said Phipps. "He's got some other visits planned. He's going to take one to Houston and he's probably taking one to TCU," said Phipps. "He's a soft commitment to Houston. He wanted to compare one school to another."
Phipps versatility is a big reason that several schools are involved. "He played the last three games at quarterback. The other ball games he was a wide receiver, running back and played in the slot. In the last three games he threw for about 500 yards and ran for about 600," said Phipps.