Five-Star Plus+ CB DJ Pickett makes an official visit to LSU

Zephyrhills (Fla.) Five-star Plus+ cornerback DJ Pickett kicked off his official visit schedule this weekend with a trip to LSU.

The Tigers are in the upper echelon of Pickett’s recruitment coming in this summer, and the Tigers pulled out the red carpet for the 6-foot-1, 179-pounder. From defensive backs coach Corey Raymond to the former striking corner Patrick PetersonPickett was among the best in Baton Rouge.

LSU immediately became a contender for Pickett when he hired Raymond after he was released from Florida in the fall. The couple has a close relationship and is one of, if not the main reason for that Brian Kelly’s program has a real chance to win its commitment.

“Coach Raymond went to LSU – I always liked LSU, but it’s just different things. When coach Raymond got there, I was very excited,” Pickett said earlier this week during the On3 Elite Series. “I grew up watching LSU and how their DBs played, and he was a big part of that. He just keeps it real with me.

“I really love Baton Rouge and what they can do for me, both off the field. Their fans care about their players, and it’s a place where you can build your brand. A lot of people care about LSU, and it’s DBU too,” he added.

The Tigers are competing at the top against Miami and Oregon for Pickett, with Georgia, Florida and Florida State also hanging around. Official visits to UGA (June 7), Miami (June 14) and Oregon (June 21) are on deck, while the Gators and Seminoles will likely receive OVs during the upcoming season.

With Pickett entering a crucial phase of his recruitment, On3 VP Recruiting Steve Wiltfong likes where LSU ranks for the No. 6 overall prospect and No. 2 cornerback in the On3 Industry Rankinga weighted average using all four major recruitment media companies.

“(LSU) could set the pace right now, and that’s because of Corey Raymond and what he’s been able to develop in this position. The family has a relationship with Patrick Peterson, who clearly speaks highly of Corey Raymond and what Raymond did for him as a young player. Wiltfong said earlier this week on the ‘Wilftong Whiparound’. “(Pickett) has been to LSU several times, he feels very much at home in Baton Rouge, along with that player development part. The atmosphere around Baton Rouge and that course and campus suit him.

…I think LSU, as we head into his official visits, is the program I would give the edge to DJ Pickett.