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Pickett back from Pac-12 trip

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Adarius Pickett had an opportunity to see UCLA for more than its football program this weekend and the 2014 cornerback from El Cerrito, Calif., definitely liked it.
Pickett was one of many prospects on campus and he got a tour of the whole place, from the library to the football facilities and the four-star standout was impressed.
"It was really nice," Pickett said. "The campus was beautiful. I got to see the academic side of it too, got to see the library and all that, and it's a really, really nice school.
"The football facilities were great. We got to check out the weight room and see the practice fields. It was all really nice. The coaches were really genuine so it was really good."
The 5-foot-11, 176-pound prospect got the chance to talk with defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin as well and that was a positive experience. UCLA has already offered so Pickett is sure they're serious about him.
"I stayed in his office and talked to him along with another recruit from Georgia and Adoree' Jackson," Pickett said. "They were in the room, too. It was really good. I like coach Martin a lot. He's a really nice dude.
"It was a really good first impression. I got a chance to see their school and I've been to one of their games. It was good to see what I'd be doing every day if I went there so it was really nice."
So far, Pickett has landed offers from Arizona State, Cal, Nevada, UCLA and Utah and many other programs are showing interest. He said a lot of the Pac-12 along with Mississippi State and Michigan are getting involved.
El Cerrito teammate Derik Calhoun was also on the trip to UCLA and is high on the Bruins. Pickett said the two have discussed playing together in college but that they're also going to figure out what's the best move for each of them as the recruiting process continues.
"We're going to do what's best for us," Pickett said. "Playing together in college would be nice. It would be. We'd like to do that but at the same time we have to do what's best for us."
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