Pickett Visits The Farm

The El Cerrito (Calif.) four-star cornerback, Adarius Pickett, visited Stanford for Junior Day over the weekend...

El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett (6-0, 185), took in Stanford's Junior Day over the weekend.

And while the four-star didn't get an offer, he has a good idea of where he stands with the Cardinal coaches.

"It went really well at Stanford," said Pickett. "I like it academically and football wise. I watched Coach (Derek) Mason coach and I really like the way he coaches. They have a lot of interest in me."

Pickett is carrying a 4.0 and talked with the Stanford coaches about what he needs to do academically.

"They want me to take some AP classes so I'm going to talk with my counselor about figuring out which ones to take. I'm getting an A+ in my English honors class so we're going to talk about the other classes I need. I'm already an NCAA qualifier. They want me to take the ACT too."

Pickett camped at Stanford last summer, but the visit on Saturday was his first opportunity to get an up-close look at the school.

"It was my first time really looking at the campus and the campus is real beautiful," said Pickett. "I like the trees all around the campus and the stadium is really nice on the inside."

Pickett spent much of his time talking with Mason, following up on a relationship that began last summer at their camp.

"Coach Mason and I talked for a long while," said Pickett. "I won their DB MVP at their camp last summer so he's like me a lot and he's a real nice guy. He said he likes the way I could come in and make an impact."

Pickett also got a chance to talk to head coach David Shaw.

"Coach Shaw is a little more laid back than Coach Mason, but he's really focused," said Pickett. "He gives the players a plan and expects the players to execute it."

Pickett, who was offered by USC last week, said his top four remains Arizona State, Cal, UCLA and USC, but said an offer from Stanford would put them squarely in the mix.

"Oh yeah, you could definitely say an offer from Stanford would be big and they'd be up there with the other four," said Pickett.

Pickett is also playing baseball for El Cerrito, balancing that and prep for the camp circuit this spring.

"I'm going to the NFTC in Oakland, so I'm really working for that and hopefully I'll get invited to The Opening," said Pickett.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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