"I've watched West Virginia on television and been following them for a while," Pahokee reciever Fred Pickett said after committing to the WVU program. "I had real strong interest in them after they offered me, and I just like them and their offense."
An outstanding receiver and runner, who counts getting yards after the catch as one of his major strengths, Pickett has long been a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. He has played a number of positions there, including quarterback, and even though he plans to play some safety this year, knows that offense is where his future lies.
"I don't care what position, slot or whatever, just wherever I have a chance to help the team," Pickett said. "The coaches said I can be like a Jock Sanders, and run and get the ball in different ways."
Pickett has not yet made a trip to WVU's campus, but plans to do so this summer for a camp session. He has, however, talked with others that have, including receiver Chris Dunkley, who transferred to Pahokee for this season.
"Dunk was happy about it for me, and I think he still likes West Virginia," Pickett said. Dunkley came to West Virginia for a camp visit last year.
Pickett also had another tie to WVU in the form of current graduate assistant JaJuan Seider.
"I've known him since the eighth grade, when he was a coach down here," Pickett related.
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Also committing to WVU was linebacker/fullback Jessel Curry of Buford (Ga.) High School. That is is the alma mater of Thor Merrow, who graduated and left the Mountaineer program this spring. We will have more with Curry soon.