Purdue pursuing four-star cornerback

Purdue became the most recent school to offer four-star cornerback Adarius Pickett, a standout from El Cerrito (Calif.) High School. Boiler Sports Report offers the latest on Purdue's chances with Pickett.

Adarius Pickett's college recruitment started on the west coast, but has since spread to the Crossroads of America. The El Cerrito, Calif. product recently received a scholarship offer from Purdue.

Purdue coach Marcus Freeman, who serves as the lead recruiter for Pickett, called and extended the offer. The two have been in contact for several weeks, so Pickett was thrilled for the interest to become a bit more official.

"I'm really happy to get [new offers]," Pickett said. "I'm excited for new schools to be interested in me. It makes me feeling like I'm doing something well.

"Coach Freeman, I've been talking to him for a while. He likes me a lot. [Purdue coaches] know I'm a great player, a good talent and they feel I can help them out early."

During their phone call, Freeman explained Purdue's past, but also its future under new head coach Darrell Hazell. It caught Pickett's attention.

"They have been a successful program in years," Pickett said of Purdue. "They're trying to get to the national championship."

Throughout Pickett's recruitment, he and Freeman have built a strong relationship. The cornerback has great respect for Purdue's new linebackers coach.

"He's really nice guy," said Pickett. "I like him. He's really down to earth and seems like he's a good coach."

Pickett, a four-star cornerback, holds offers from Purdue plus Arizona State, California, Nevada, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State.

For now, Pickett is still taking his time while waiting for more offers to come in. He has yet to name any favorites.

"It's still early, so everybody is on an even playing field," Pickett said. "It's really early. I'm going to have to decide with my family who's going to take control down the road."

Pickett is planning a visit in West Lafayette for this summer, though nothing has been finalized. Boiler Sports Report will offer continued updates on Purdue's recruitment of Adarius Pickett.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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