April 13, 2009

Pickett hopes dedication results in offer

The Colorado State Rams hope to see a familiar face on a new body this spring as they visit Cedar Park (Tex.) defender Michael Pickett. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Pickett said he is expecting a visit from Rams' defensive line coach Scott Brown during his spring football practices, which start April 30.

"I was talking to the (Colorado State) coaches and they said Coach Brown has to come down and look at me to see how much my body has developed since the last time they saw me," Pickett said. "They also want to see how my footwork has changed because they are trying to figure out whether they are going to offer me as an outside linebacker or a strong safety."

Pickett said he has put on about 15-20 pounds since he visited Colorado State last October for the Rams' contest with New Mexico and said his goal is to reach 200 pounds by next season. He is hoping his new development will be enough to get the Rams to offer a scholarship and a place on their team starting in the fall of 2010.

"They will see a new, totally changed person," Pickett said about his impending visit with Coach Brown. "I wasn't that big, but I was basically 6-2, 175-180 and just playing the rover position. When they see me, they will a totally new body. They told me I needed to get bigger before they would offer me, so I got in the weight room and started going crazy at it."

Pickett said he is talking to Brown either weekly or every-other-week, discussing ways he can improve or what the defense at CSU is doing. Colorado State is one of a few schools in contact with Pickett, though none have offered him a scholarship yet. New Mexico, Kansas State, Missouri State, Harvard and Dartmouth are making their interest known to Pickett, while Oregon has also recently expressed interest.

Pickett has been unable to make any junior visits thus far due to the track season, which has seen him be honored as one of the best long jumpers and triple jumpers in Central Texas. Pickett said he has leaped 21 feet this season in the long jump and 41 feet in the triple jump. He was also timed in the 40 last month at 4.51 and 4.56.

At the end of the month, Pickett will be trying to pick up a new high school football offense as well as defense, thanks to a new coach. Pickett is being asked to play quarterback in a spread-option offense as well as outside linebacker on defense.

"I'm going to basically be all over the field," he said. "The offense is going pretty good. I am still trying to get a hold of it. Since I am playing both sides, I need to understand the whole thing."

Pickett, who said he is planning on majoring in either computer science or business, said he was impressed by his visit to Fort Collins last year and said his recruitment could come to an early end if he sees an offer from the Rams.

"I am probably going to commit," Pickett said. "If I get that offer I am going to commit and play my senior season... "It (his visit) had a big impression on me. The people there were just great. It was an awesome place and I just love it there."

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