California came into Saturday’s contest with UCLA in serious need of a victory. Jeff Tedford’s squad got that victory in resounding fashion and it couldn’t have come at a better time, particularly due to the numerous highly rated prospects in attendance.
Adarius Pickett has helped lead his team to an undefeated start to the season.
One of those prospects was four-star junior defensive back Adarius Pickett. The Top247 defender took in the Cal victory as his first unofficial visit of the fall. Not only did the Cal win impress him but following the game, an offer from the Bears was a pleasant surprise.
“I went to the Cal game when they played UCLA,” Pickett said “After they won we were on the field and we walked to the tunnel with them and Coach (Ashley) Ambrose gave me an offer. I was real excited. It was really unexpected and I was happy to be there and happy to be with some of the top recruits.”
“When we were in the locker room, I felt like a celebrity,” he said. “All the coaches knew who I was and were talking to me. Coach Ambrose said that they may have two cornerbacks going to the NFL and they’ll need me and said don’t forget about them.
“The environment was really unreal. I had never really been to a real Cal game before to that magnitude. The fans were real into the game, the stadium was almost rocking.”
Perhaps Pickett’s presence helped Cal to the much-needed win. His presence has certainly helped his El Cerrito (Calif.) High School team to plenty of wins. Currently he has led his team to a 7-0 start to the season. He estimates that he has 35 or 40 tackles to go with three or four forced fumbles one touchdown reception and an interception.
Pickett’s offer from Cal is his second offer and he has received serious interest from the likes of Oregon, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Washington and UCLA. He has also been talking to Arizona State on a weekly basis.
Pickett is rated as a four-star on 247Sports and the No. 11 cornerback in the country. He also has a three-star 247Composite rating of .8876 and a 247Composite ranking as the No. 27 cornerback in the country.