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Three offers are already in for NC 2011 athlete

Offers are beginning to roll in for 5-foot-11, 183-pound athlete Justus Pickett. Already three teams have offered the 2011 talent and more are keeping a close eye on him.
"I've got three offers from Stanford, Vanderbilt and Tennessee," he said. "I talked to Stanford on Wednesday. I called them. I definitely like Stanford because of the academics. I'm leaning towards academics first. I'm thinking about going into law."
Pickett visited a number of schools this summer including two of his three offers.
"I didn't get to check out Stanford, but I went to Tennessee and Vanderbilt," he said. "Tennessee has a really nice indoor facility. That's one of the best things I've seen so far.
"I liked how Vanderbilt's campus is real nice. It's downtown and in the center of everything."
Pickett visited South Carolina, North Carolina and Clemson this summer as well. All three are interested. He's also receiving looks from Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and Penn State.
Does Pickett like anyone in the early going?
"I'm a big fan of college football, especially now since that's the next level I'll play," he stated. "I try to watch everybody. I do like watching Florida play a lot. They are one of my favorite teams."
As interest continues to grow, Pickett is looking for a few things in his future college.
"I'm trying to get a good degree if I can't continue to the NFL. I want to come out with a good job," he said. "The next thing is I'm looking for early playing time. Also, most of the schools are recruiting me as a running back, but some are as a cornerback. I'd rather be a running back if possible."
Despite a loss in week one, Pickett accounted for 134-yards rushing and one touchdown.
"I know I'm a lot stronger this year and faster," he said. "I have a way better comprehension of the game and what's going on. Our line is pretty solid too. I'm just working hard to get bigger, stronger and faster. The main thing I want to work on is my blocking."
What sticks out about the rising junior to this point?
"First thing is my leadership," he said. "You have to have that to have a strong team. But also, one of my best attributes is my footwork and the ability to get in and out of cuts. I think I have great speed and also pretty good hands."
A versatile athlete, Pickett also plays basketball and has qualified for state as a freshmen in the long jump.