"I'm going to summer school and I'm going through summer training for football," said Pichon, who has offers from SMU, Louisiana Tech, and Memphis. "I went to Louisiana Tech's camp two weeks ago and Coach (Stan) Eggen, the linebackers coach, taught me a lot of new tips."
Pichon said that he doesn't have a current leader.
"All the schools are the same right now," he said. "I'm building a relationship with the coaches at SMU, Memphis, and Louisiana Tech. I probably won't commit until after the season - maybe in December.
"I'm also hearing from Alabama, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M. I think that Oklahoma State and Texas A&M may offer. The Oklahoma State coaches say that they like me a lot, but that they're waiting for me to get some work done in the classroom. I need to improve my core GPA and I'm going to summer school to help with that. Texas A&M wants me to get down to their camp badly and I'm going to try to do that next month."
Pichon and the Spartans advanced to the 4A semifinals in 2009 before losing to district rival Franklinton in a rare Louisiana snowstorm. It was Salmen's second loss of the year to Franklinton and the Spartans are looking to turn the tables this year.
"The biggest games on our schedule are Franklinton and John Curtis," Pichon said. "We lost to Franklinton in the first game by six points (20-14) and I think we can take it this year. I can't really describe the the playoff game (60-0 Franklinton victory).
"I think we can beat John Curtis. Last year, we were so close (Curtis won 24-23). It's fun to play an option team like Curtis. I get to make a lot of tackles."
John Curtis features LB Seth Jones, who has an SMU offer, as well as WR Josh Hanberry and RB/DB Torrey Pierce. The Patriots will have to cope with the loss of leading blocker Luke Charpentier, who signed with Arkansas.