Semper Fi Update: Adarius Pickett

The El Cerrito (Calif.) four-star cornerback, Adarius Pickett, talks about playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and his future at UCLA...

El Cerrito (Calif.) cornerback Adarius Pickett had a dream season this year.

Commitment to UCLA. Bay Area Player of the Year. CIF-NCS Champion. Semper Fidelis All-American.

The selection to the All-American game was the one that Pickett is getting to experience now.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, from being a young high school player to being an All-American," said Pickett. "It's what I dreamed about since I was a kid. It's just been a wonderful opportunity."

Pickett and his close friend D.J. Calhoun, his teammate at El Cerrito, were both picked as All-American's, Calhoun playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"It means a lot for El Cerrito and the Richmond community," said Pickett. "To have two All-American's from one school doesn't happen that often. Getting this opportunity for he and I was great."

Pickett was named Bay Area Player of the Year after helping the Gauchos win the CIF-NCS D-III title and a spot in the CIF NorCal D-III regional.

"Being player of the year was great thing for us as a school and being Bay Area Player of the Year was a big accomplishment. I just wanted to be remembered as a great player in the Bay Area, that's all."

Pickett was the top defensive back on Thursday at the Semper Fi practices and the next step for him is Westwood. Pickett signed early enrollment papers with UCLA last month and will enroll in time for spring practice, having graduated already."

"They want me to come in for spring and be ready to work at the spot behind Ishmael Adams and compete and then we'll see what happens," said Pickett.

Pickett shined on offense this year year and being a commit to UCLA since September, watched closely as linebacker Myles Jack saw plenty of touches on offense.

"Talking to Coach (Jim) Mora and Coach (Noel) Mazzone, they may put in a couple of packages to run the ball. They said they didn't know I could run the ball like I did, but my senior year, I got the opportunity and took advantage of it. Whatever they want to do to get me the ball, I'll take it," said Pickett.

Once Pickett returns home, he'll have two months until he moves to Westwood.

"I'm just going to work out and get my mind right and my body right to go compete at UCLA," said Pickett.

As for current recruits still looking at UCLA, Pickett is still doing some work.

"Oh you know I'm working on Joe Mixon right now," said Pickett. "I'm working on him a lot."

Brandon is in his ninth year with Scout.com and FOX Sports, 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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