Receiver and yardage machine high on Beavs

A.J. PICKENS is a yardage machine on the field. Off it, he's no less the center of attention and has been burning up the phone lines with several schools showing him the recruiting love. He has a leader, but he also visits another school this weekend. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound 3-star wide receiver prospect out of Chino, Calif., holds five offers, including one from OSU and two other Pac-10 schools.

Official visits will have much to do with his decision but pre-trips, the Beavers remain at the top of Pickens' list, he said.

"I really like Oregon State," said Pickens. "...The coaches are real cool. Lee Hull is the one who's recruiting me."

Pickens and the Beavs have also been finalizing details on an official visit to Corvallis.

"I think it's on the 20th of November that I'm going there," he said.

NEVERTHELESS, OTHERS continue to come on strong and the recruiting race for Pickens remains in it's early stages.

"I also (really like) Arizona State. They're having a good season this year and the coach has been calling. I'm supposed to take a trip out there this weekend, this will be my first trip," said Pickens.

Another school who was high on his list earlier this year is on tap for an official visit, on Nov. 10, in Washington.

Recruiting has been ratcheting up for the Don Lugo High standout over the past month. Oregon State, Arizona State and Arizona have been among those keeping in close contact, said Pickens, as have San Diego State and Fresno State.

Father Dwight Pickens was a wide receiver for Fresno State.

"Everybody has been calling me," said Pickens. "I'm talking to someone just about every day."

OUT ON THE GRIDIRON this season, Pickens is smartly following up a breakout junior year and continues to churn out the ground yards at tailback.

He has 506 rushing yards on 64 carries along with eight receptions for another 57 hashes. He also has a 96 yard kickoff return for the Conquistadores.

"I'm going really good. I'm running the ball and just trying to make my team better," said Pickens.

Pickens led Don Lugo in scoring in 2006, with nearly 1,500 all-purpose yards to his credit in his junior campaign. He tallied 27 catches for 345 yards and 3 TDs, returned 12 kickoffs for 341 yards, and rushed for another 808 yards with 12 scores.

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