Pickett Recaps Official Visit

The El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback, Adarius Pickett, talks about his first official visit to UCLA...

El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett (6-0, 188), took his first official visit over the weekend, heading to the Southland to visit UCLA.

The four-star got to see the Bruins' season opening rout of Nevada in the Rose Bowl.

"The trip went very well, I got a lot of questions answered from an academic standpoint and my mom and dad both went and they got to see the school and hear about the academics too," said Pickett. "I had a lot of fun on the trip."

Pickett was hosted by a couple of familiar faces.

"My host was my first cousin Darren Andrews and then Kenny Walker, who's from Richmond, we hung out too," said Pickett.

Pickett used much of his time to spend with defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin.

"With Coach Meat, I had the chance to talk to him a lot and got quite a bit of personal time with him," said Pickett. "I usually talk with him through the phone but he's the same person one on one."

There was also ample time to spend with head coach Jim Mora.

"I also sat down with Coach Mora and talked to him a number of times and got a lot of one-on-one time with him. I like Coach Mora a lot. He's different then a lot of the other head coaches. He's really family-oriented because he's a dad himself and he understands what he wants to do and what we want to do as kids. He coaches the players like they're his own kids."

It was Pickett's second time at a UCLA home game, he'd visited last November when the Bruins played Stanford, but said this time was more enjoyable.

"It was the opening game and everyone was real excited," said Pickett. "It was a great atmosphere and it was real nice the whole night."

Pickett said the trip was definitely an enjoyable one.

"They get an A+ from me," said Pickett. "The thing that probably stood out the most was not just that we ate a lot, but I'd just say, getting in contact with Coach Mora and seeing how he interacted with my family and just with me, 1on1. Coach Mora is a great guy and a great person."

Pickett said he was planning to trim his list down to six before the season, but now he's still focusing on the same 13 schools he's been since summer.

The 13 schools, Utah, California, UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Washington, Oregon State, Stanford, Nebraska, Purdue, Northwestern, Virginia and Houston, are all recruiting him equally.

"Honestly, it's the same schools recruiting me the hardest, the same top 13 schools," said Pickett. "I decided I'm just going to stick with my top 13."

Pickett said he's hoping to set up an official visit with USC at some point, the one school he's certain will receive a visit from him.

"I'm trying to set one up with USC, I just have to get in contact with Coach (Clay) Helton," said Pickett.

In Friday night's opener for El Cerrito, Pickett had nine tackles and two interceptions. This week, they'll face San Jose Bellarmine Prep and four-star quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, a Vanderbilt commit.

"I talked to K.J. in Oregon (at The Opening) and he said they don't really throw the ball a lot, they'll probably throw 7-8 times so I won't get to see him throw as much," said Pickett.

Pickett has been invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

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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