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One visit all Pickett needed

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One official visit was all Adarius Pickett needed.
The four-star cornerback from El Cerrito, Calif., took a trip to UCLA last weekend for the season opener against Nevada, and on Tuesday afternoon he made his commitment to the Bruins.
The timing of the decision by Pickett, who looked good at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour in Chicago, is a little surprising since he said in recent days he'd work on setting a visit to USC next, but after getting back from UCLA the Rivals250 presented by Under Armour star was ready to commit.
"Talking to my mom and talking to my father and then talking it over with (El Cerrito) coach (Kenny) Kahn, it just felt like home when I was there," Pickett said. "I felt welcomed there. Coach [Jim] Mora, coach [Lou] Spanos, coach [Demetrice Martin], they all love me, and I feel like I can make a big impact going in there."
The four-star prospect had recently narrowed his list of frontrunners and was working on scheduling other official visits, but it sounds like Pickett is done with the recruiting process.
The cornerback spent a lot of time with friends at UCLA this weekend, he saw places on campus he'd never seen before, and Pickett said it was the right time to make his choice.
"It had everything I wanted," Pickett said.
"My cousin Darren Andrews is down there. I was talking to Kenny Walker. Those two were my hosts. I had a great time with the players, and I saw stuff I didn't get to see when I went down there on my unofficial -- the dorms and other parts of the campus. That really sold me. The academic standpoint, it was just an awesome experience.
"At this point, 'Pick Six' is done."
The next step for Pickett is to do a little recruiting of his own. Pickett said he's going to work on close friend and teammate Derik Calhoun, committed to USC, to flip to the Bruins. And Pickett will also target Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star all-purpose back Joe Mixon, another close friend, to reconsider UCLA in his recruitment.
"I'm going to talk to him, see what I can do and see how I can do this," Pickett said. "DJ Calhoun is my brother, one of my best friends, so we're going to see if we can get this going with him too. Even Joe Mixon, too."
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