The Scout three-star defensive tackle from Buford (Ga.) High School made his public declaration on Saturday and explained to InsideTennessee that his logic reaches far beyond things like facilities and playing time.
"The atmosphere and just the way guys are here," Picou said. "I'm hanging out with D-line buddies right now, and we're about to go play a video game and just chill. We just went to get something to eat not too long ago. We're looked at more than just a football player here. Butch Jones has players that played for him that coach at Tennessee with him. Things of that nature are just really cool. It's a great environment. It's amazing. I'm home, I'm comfortable and it's awesome."
Austin Smith. The duo made it to Knoxville on Thursday and will not leave until Sunday.
The chemistry between the two defenders helped secure their tandem commitments.
"We actually rode up together," Picou said. "It's awesome. He's my brother on the field. We've been with each other for awhile. To spend 3-4 more years with my brother again? That's great! It's awesome, you know."
A career in orange won out over other top suitors Missouri, Ohio State, South Carolina and Texas A&M. Picou had 21 offers in all.
The defender gives the Orange & White 16 verbal commitments for the 2015 signing class, including five in the month of June and a quarter of the class from the Peach State.
The 6-foot-2 1/2, 270-pounder says he is likely to line up at defensive tackle with defensive end in some short-yardage situations being a possibility.
Picou and Smith join a lengthy list of Vols newcomers with championship pedigree as Evan Berry, Elliot Berry, Jalen Hurd, Todd Kelly Jr., Emmanuel Moseley, Michael Sawyers and Derrell Scott from the 2013 signing class all won rings on the gridiron on the prep level. back-to-back GHSA Class AAA state champions In 2011, Buford finished runner-up in the Class AA title game.
In 2013, the Wolves went 15-0 and gave up a grand total of 111 points. They defeated Washington County in the finale 35-19 and held an offense that entered with over 4,000 rushing yards to 42 yards on 26 attempts.
Former Florida Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley is a player the 18-year-old idolizes.
"My boy just got drafted by the Patriots, Dominique Easley," Picou said. "That's my dog. Dominique Easley is who I pattern my game after. My first step is because of Dominique Easley. I do spin move because of Dominique Easley. I play ball because of Dominique Easley."
Following Easley with a career in Gainesville was considered.
"Honestly, I went down to Florida and checked it out, but it didn't feel right," Picou said. "It didn't feel right; it wasn't for me."
The three-star lineman plans to "enjoy the high-school experience" and enroll at Tennessee next summer.
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