Pickett Happy With Decision

The El Cerrito (Calif.) four-star cornerback, Adarius Pickett, continues to be pleased with commitment to UCLA...

El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett (6-0, 188), committed to UCLA just two weeks ago, right after he officially visited for the Nevada game.

The Bruins have only played once since his commitment, but that game, a comeback win over Nebraska, left a big impression on the four-star.

"They have a real special team," said Pickett. "From the standpoint of being down 21-3 to Nebraska, on the road, in a stadium that holds 91,000, then shutting them out, you have to be a special team. UCLA is certainly on the rise. USC fans were booing their team and even though Washington State is still a football team, they haven't been a top 10 football team so seeing them on that downfall made my decision even better."

Pickett is now turning his attention to his teammate, D.J. Calhoun, who'd been committed to the Trojans since July but is now planning to take some visits.

"I'm recruiting D.J. hard," said Pickett. "I talk to him about UCLA every day. He could possibly could want to come, so I'm talking them up."

Pickett said that he was thrilled to see Bruins' defensive back coach Demetrice Martin at his game just a few days after he committed.

"He told me the day before our game (against Bellarmine Prep), he was coming up so that meant a lot," said Pickett.

His relationship with Martin has played a big role in his decision to commit to UCLA.

"Me and Coach Meat's relationship is real close," said Pickett. "He was recruiting me the hardest, on Twitter and on Facebook. I call him all the time and we have a good relationship."

Pickett also said that UCLA's willingness to play true freshman has impacted him.

"When I went down there on my official visits, at least 12 true freshman played in that game," said Pickett. "They're the best spot for me, getting on the field wise and playing early. That was one of the big things when I committed, if I was going to come in and play and I have a good chance to play early there."

Pickett said a number of schools have reached out to him since his decision to commit, but that he's not reciprocating any interest.

"A couple of colleges are still hoping they have a chance to change my mind, but they don't," said Pickett. "I'm all solid to UCLA."

Last weekend, Pickett had a blocked field goal and scooped it up for a 75-yard touchdown return and added a touchdown run.

This weekend, El Cerrito takes on Moraga (Calif.) Campolindo.

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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