NorCal Notes From the Road: Day One

Scout is on the road all week in Northern California and here are news and notes from Day One, including the latest on an elite JC offensive lineman and three NorCal prepsters with double-digit BCS offers, all of which are UCLA targets...

Scout was through the Bay Area on the first of three days through Northern California, stopping by a number of high schools and junior colleges.  Here are some news and notes from Day One in NorCal.

San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson.
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Dickerson Stock Soaring

San Mateo (Calif.) Serra defensive end Matt Dickerson is up to thirteen offers, with Nebraska and California two of the more recent offers. 

Dickerson said he doesn't have a favorite but he's visited six schools.

A number of schools have come by in the last week, and Dickerson has already visited Colorado, San Jose State, Arizona, UCLA and Washington and visited Cal over the weekend.

Jackson Standing Out


College of San Mateo (Calif.) offensive lineman Dominick Jackson.
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College of San Mateo (Calif.) offensive lineman Dominick Jackson has gone from just an SEC and Pac-12 offer to an offer from two-time defending champion Alabama.

Alabama assistant coach Mario Cristobal offered Jackson, after heading to the West Coast to see him.

Jackson also has offers from Tennessee, Texas A&M and Florida among others and LSU could be close to offering..

UCLA, where Jackson visited last month for the Bruins' Spring Game, continues to be atop his leaderboard along with the Tide.

Pickett Balancing Two Sports

El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett is balancing baseball and football this spring.


El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett.
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The four-star had a league playoff baseball game on Wednesday, so he missed the Gauchos' spring practice, which started this week, but he'll be back in football mode this weekend, when he goes to the Oakland NFTC.

Pickett, who was offered by Yale, has 16 offers, but said that standing out is Arizona State, California, Stanford, UCLA and USC.

And while baseball could be an option at the next level, he said football is his primary focus.

City of Angels Lead for Calhoun

El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun continues to have his leaders come from Southern California.


El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun
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The four-star has long had UCLA at the top of his list, but USC offered in March, and after visiting Troy in April, the Trojans pulled even with the Bruins.

Calhoun's sister plays basketball at USC and the Trojans made a big impression when he visited unofficially.

Miami recently offered and Calhoun is planning an unofficial visit in the summer to Coral Gables.

And Calhoun, who will be at the Oakland NFTC this weekend, hopes to make a decision by the time El Cerrito wraps up their non-league portion of the schedule in September.

Decision Looming for Canada?


Milpitas (Calif.) running back Squally Canada.
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Milpitas (Calif.) running back Squally Canada doesn't just have the best name of any recruit in the West in the 2014 class.

He also has a chance to play at the last school to produce a first-round running back in the NFL Draft, Boise State.

The Broncos, who've made a living under Chris Petersen of finding players under-the-radar and turning them into big time players (see Martin, Doug, the last first round running back, in the 2012 draft), offered Canada first earlier this month.

Since then, Colorado and Houston have offered Canada.

But he'll visit the land of the Blue Turf in early June, once on an unofficial visit with his dad and then a return visit later in the month with his mom for the Broncos' Summer camp., and it wouldn't be a surprise to see Canada pick the Broncos then..

Quick Hitters

  • San Mateo (Calif.) Serra linebacker Hamilton Anoa'i missed most of his junior season with an injury, but he's back and healthy and got his first offer on Tuesday, from Nevada.

  • Milpitas (Calif.) receiver Tre Hartley got his first offer last week, from Colorado, and said that other schools checking him out include San Jose State and Fresno State.

  • College of San Mateo (Calif.) defensive lineman Rika Levi first jumped on the scene at the CalState Game after the 2011 season.  But after not signing in February of 2012, he ended up at CSM and now he's got an offer from Washington and Missouri also offered earlier this week.  Alabama is also showing interest in Levi but he said the Huskies are "the standard" in his recruitment.

  • Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive back Antoine Pickett signed with Sacramento State in 2011 after helping Concord (Calif.) De La Salle win a pair of state championships.  After redshirting the 2011 season with the Hornets, Pickett bounced back to Contra Costa and played in 2012.  He's now hearing from Arizona State, Utah and San Diego State to name a few.


  • El Cerrito (Calif.) receiver Jalen Harvey..
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    Contra Costa (Calif.) College quarterback Malik Watson had a handful of offers out of Pittsburg (Calif.) in the 2012 class and had committed to Montana.  But Watson decided to go to Contra Costa and now schools recruiting him are Arizona State and Oregon State.

  • Contra Costa (Calif.) College cornerback Dominique Harrison has an early offer from Arizona State and said the Sun Devils lead heavily for him.

  • El Cerrito (Calif.) receiver Jalen Harvey committed to Cal in April and he hasn't wavered a bit despite several schools making a pitch to get him.  Harvey said he's recruiting other players to the Bears, including his two El Cerrito teammates Adarius Pickett and D.J. Calhoun as well as running back Joe Mixon from Oakley (Calif.) Freedom and Berkeley (Calif.) linebacker Michael Lazarus.  Cal defensive coordinator Andy Buh was at El Cerrito's practice on Wednesday.

    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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