March 20, 2009

Pickett still likes CSU

The Junior year of high school is one of change and that is certainly true of Austin (Tex.) linebacker Michael Pickett. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior-to-be has seen schools interested in him pick up as he is learning the system of a new high school coach and potentially, a new position.

"A lot of things have been going on lately," Pickett said. "New Mexico is sending me stuff and a lot of Ivy League schools are sending me stuff, like Dartmouth and Harvard. San Diego State Coach Funk emailed me and said they are interested too. We got a new coach too."

Pickett is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, but believes is it close as he has just put together his highlight tape and is sending it to the schools who have requested footage. Among them is Colorado State, which has been recruiting Pickett since last year and is his favorite right now.

"Coach (CSU assistant Coach Scott) Brown is still talking to me a lot," Pickett said. "He keeps telling me that they just want me and if I get that offer, I am going to commit. Coach Brown said he is coming back down during spring football in May."

Pickett said he has also been energized by the arrival of a new high school coach, Rodney Vincent. The combination of a new coach and a new workout routine has resulted in some big gains in the weight room (five pound increase in his bench press, 15 pounds up in the squat since the end of the football season), as well as his 40-yard dash time, which is now 4.51. That number may drop even further as he progresses in a track season that will see him run the 4x200, 4x400 relays as well as the long jump and triple jump.

"Right now, I am running track and eating a lot to put on some weight," Pickett said. "That is what coach has me doing. He has me eating a bunch of food in the cafeteria, but not like burgers or pizza or anything, so we are eating chicken and muscle milk just to put more protein in my body."

While Pickett will likely play collegiately as an outside linebacker or a strong safety, but his new coach also has him taking some snaps this spring. Pickett played some quarterback last year in Junior Varsity football and may be in position to be the signalcaller for the varsity this year.

"We have a new coach, so we are learning the new plays right now," Pickett said. "The intensity is what I mainly see (different) out of it. The first day he got here, he made a new brand of football here."

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