Pickett on His SoCal Visits

FOX Sports NEXT caught up with 2014 cornerback Adarius Pickett in Southern California at Passing Down's 7on7 Best of the West. Pickett was fresh off visits with USC and UCLA, plus he spoke about a possible desire to play baseball in college along with football

Greg Biggins:

Adarius Pickett is one of the top corners in the west region with a big upside. He's built like a safety but isn't stiff and moves around effortlessly. He looks all of 6-0, 190 pounds and as you would expect from a big corner, loves to play in press coverage and beat up a receiver at the line of scrimmage.

Pickett showed he could turn and run with a receiver when he played off as well and was rarely tested until the end of the tournament when he looked obviously fatigued. Pickett was beat for a few touchdowns late in the day but when looking at his upside and potential, it's easy to see why he's a national recruit.

On the recruiting front, Pickett spent Saturday visiting the two L.A. schools and enjoyed the trips.

"I went to USC for Junior Day so this was my second time on campus," Pickett said. "I had a great experience and learned a lot about the school. D.J.'s (Calhoun) sister met us right when we got there, she goes to school there so that was cool and then we met up with the whole staff. We had some academic meetings and Coach Orgeron talked about the different programs they have.

"I also spent time with Coach Pendergast, he's a great coach and I like all the assistant coaches as well. We broke down DB film of the spring game and they definitely need corners. I also spent time with some of the academic people and met the lady in charge in the communications department so it was a great experience."

Pickett didn't have time to visit the UCLA campus but headed to the Rose Bowl for the Bruins spring game.

"The spring game was fun and the coaches showed us a lot of love," Pickett said. "As soon as he saw me, Coach Mora ran up and gave me a big hug and Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) did the same. I have a great relationship with the coaches at UCLA and talk to Coach Meat almost every day.

"Angus (McClure) is coming to my baseball game on Wednesday and I have a good feel for the UCLA program. I went to Junior Day so even though I didn't go on campus this time, I've already been there and I like it there a lot."

Pickett said he's not ready to narrow his list and wants to go through the process.

"I'm still talking with new programs so I don't want to narrow things down until I can tell who's all interested," Pickett said. "The schools I probably have the best relationship with that I talk to the most are UCLA, California, USC and Arizona State.

"I like the new staff at Cal a lot and talk with Coach Dykes, Stewart and Buh all the time. ASU has been on me hard as well and were one of the first schools to offer me. Right now my main focus is on baseball but once the season is over, I'll look at recruiting a little more."


Lindsey Thiry:

2014 El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett made his way to Southern California over the weekend with his TMP 7on7 teammates to play in Passing Down's 7on7 Best of the West tournament.

The team made a weekend of it, opting to visit USC and then take in UCLA's spring game later in the day Saturday.

Pickett, who holds offers from both USC and UCLA amongst others, was with the Trojans coaching staff -- including head coach Lane Kiffin -- during the NFL draft.

And it just so happened that it was former USC quarterback Matt Barkley's sister who was Pickett's guide for the day. Pickett says the room was full of excitement when they learned Barkley was picked.

The 6-foot 185 pound four-star corner said he really liked the academic side of USC, especially the school's communication department as well as the Trojans' new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.

"When we broke down film from the spring game it was good," Pickett explained. "I like Coach Pendergast and how he breaks it down and coaches it."

The second half of Pickett's day was spent at the Rose Bowl taking in UCLA's spring game. "It was a great," Pickett said. "As soon as I walked into the locker room Coach [Jim] Mora came over to me, jumped on me, gave me a hug."

I think I can come in and play early like that want me to with UCLA," he continued. "I fit in well."

As for the recruiting process itself, Pickett is trying to keep an open mind when it comes to all of his options.

A strong baseball player, he says he is thinking about potentially trying to play both sports at the next level and is discussing the possibility with California. "They're saying there is a possibility that if I went there I could play both," Pickett said.

Pickett says he isn't sure where he grades out as far as baseball is concerned, but he knows teams like him because of his speed.

Pickett said he currently doesn't have any visits lined up. He is planning to play in the Nike NFTC in Northern California in May.

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