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Pickett set for big playoff matchup

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Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell athlete Justus Pickett continues to rack up a roll as he has posted over 3,000-yards of offense. The huge season continues to keep the 5-foot-11, 183-pounder a hot commodity on the recruiting hunt as well.
"It's been going well," he said. "I'm probably the leading rusher in the state by now. I have 2,400-yards rushing and over 30 touchdowns. I have another 650-yards receiving and six touchdowns there.
"I think I've been doing pretty well so far. The only thing that matters though is how we finish in the playoffs."
Pickett has led his team to a win over South Mecklenburg on Friday and is set to face Mallard Creek this week. The contest has special meaning for Pickett who is close friends with Creek's star players.
"I know a couple of their guys, I've known them since second grade, Kevin Asante and Marquise Williams," he said. "Kevin has been one of my closest friends since elementary school.
"This is definitely big. I saw this game was going to happen at some point with the playoff bracket. I'm looking forward to it and I'm motivated, ready to play."
In terms of his recruitment, Pickett was set to take an official to Arkansas late in October, but didn't make the trip.
"I was supposed to, but my flight landed too late and so I cancelled it, I haven't rescheduled yet," he said. "I haven't been anywhere yet."
While the three-star prospect made a point to saw he is wide open, there are a few schools that have his attention.
"I have the same schools on my mind, Florida, West Virginia, Maryland and Wake Forest," he said. "Right now those are the ones that are definitely staying in play. I like their running backs and their offensive scheme. I think I definitely would fit in well."
Three of the four schools have offered to date; the lone exception for Pickett is Florida.
"Nothing is really new with them," he said. "They call every week and stay in contact. Right now they are waiting to see on one other running back. I should know soon what they'll do."
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