Pickett Getting Plenty of Love

The El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback, Adarius Pickett, said UCLA is recruiting him hard...

El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett (6-0, 185) is one of the top players in the Bay Area in the 2014 class.

So naturally, he's a priority for California, the local school that offered him in the fall under previous head coach Jeff Tedford, then reiterated that offer to him, and emphasized him as a priority under new head coach Sonny Dykes.

The four-star was at Cal on Saturday for the Bears' Spring Game, and while he'd been there before this spring, this time left a bigger impression on him.

"I liked it a lot there at Cal and just getting to see the coaches coach during the game," said Pickett. "I got to watch Coach (Randy) Stewart coach during the game. I also got to spend some time with him and Coach (Andy) Buh. I like them a lot and me and Coach Stewart have a real good relationship. It's close to home and they're looking at me a lot and we've been talking to them a lot."

Pickett has kept himself busy this spring with camps and visits, and while he doesn't want to name a leader, he did say three Pac-12 schools are stepping up.

"It's hard to say because I like everyone a lot, but Cal, UCLA and Arizona State are probably recruiting me the hardest and I might be liking them just a little more," said Pickett. "But I'm not really favoring anyone or looking to decide soon."

Pickett said he's hoping to get to Stanford next week to take an unofficial visit and wants to get down to UCLA during their spring practice, and potentially their spring game. He'd also like to visit Arizona State again.

"It all just depends on baseball, we're in the middle of our season," said Pickett.

Which also presents another opportunity for Pickett.

"I haven't decided if I'll play baseball in college, but it's a lot of fun and it could be an option," said Pickett. "I'm 9-for-22 right now with six stolen bases and playing left field and center field. It's something I'll consider for college."

Pickett said his next camp plan is the Oakland NFTC, where he's hoping to earn a spot in The Opening.

"I'm hoping I do work at the Nike Camp and get invited to The Opening," said Pickett.

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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