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.
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.