OSU in line for visit next month from Pickens

A.J. PICKENS has had a busy past few weeks. On May 10, the Chino, Calif., speedster held one scholarship offer from the Huskies and had a clear leader in Washington. But now, he says, things have changed. A 5-10, 175-pounder out of Don Lugo High, Pickens has picked up four new offers and one of those schools, Oregon State, is likely in line for an unofficial visit in June.

Oregon State, Arizona, ASU, Fresno State have all offered in recent weeks, said Pickens.

"Oregon State is recruiting me at receiver," said Pickens, who went on to mention Arizona, Fresno State and ASU are recruiting him as an athlete, and Washington as a receiver. Some schools have also mentioned cornerback as a possibility in college. Wherever he ends up is fine with him, said Pickens, who said he doesn't hold a preference.

Pickens said he will probably be making few if any camp appearances this summer, but he does plan to visit Oregon State.

"I'll probably take a trip up there next month," said Pickens. "I talked to them last week. And I might be going to Arizona State this Saturday. Probably Arizona (will be later) this summer."

PICKENS TABBED WASHINGTON his early leader after the Huskies became the first to offer in April, but he now says with the new schools coming on board, they've caught up.

"No, no, no. Everybody is even right now," he said.

Pickens said all five offering schools are recruiting strongly but there are two schools he's been hearing the most from of late -- Fresno State and Arizona State.

PICKENS LED HIS TEAM in rushing and scoring (84 pts.) last season, picking up 808 ground yards on 120 carries with 12 touchdowns, while catching 21 passes for 316 yards and three scores. Defensively, he logged 24 tackles, and returned 12 kickoffs for 341 yards.

Pickens, who has some quickness and shimmy to go along with his 4.51 speed, said college coaches have noted two main factors in their decision to offer him a scholarship.

"They say they like my speed and my routes," said Pickens, who benches 245 pounds, squats 305 and has a power clean of 190.

He said he doesn't anticipate making his verbal commitment until after his senior season.

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