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George Pickens, a 4-star wide receiver from Hoover (Ala.) High School, was offered by Alabama on Monday night. I am surprised it took the Crimson Tide this long to offer him because he has been exceptional on the camp scene this year. But I was told that the reason why it did take so long is because Alabama wanted to see Pickens perform in person first. He camped last summer in Tuscaloosa but wasn’t quite ready at the time. He has improved his game since then and once wide receivers coach Josh Gattis saw him live, Pickens was offered.
Pickens, who committed to Auburn in July 2017, has taken visits elsewhere, but that is expected to end. The 6-foot-5, 199-pound prospect took a visit to Auburn a few weeks ago where he joined Tigers quarterback commit Bo Nix and two other priority targets that Auburn is pursuing.
On that trip, according to our Auburn recruiting reporter Benjamin Wolk, the coaching staff asked Pickens to stop visiting other programs because they view him as one of their centerpieces of the 2019 class. This request was also communicated with his mother, who was also on the trip. Both Pickens and his mother agreed to not visit any other programs, according to Wolk.
Plans in recruiting change all of the time, so it’s not out of the question that Pickens does end up visiting Alabama at some point; however, I have been of the belief that the Crimson Tide are just too late in the game to flip him.
The Pickens family has known Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey for several years now. Malzahn coached Pickens’ brother, Chris Humes, at Arkansas State, while Lindsey coached him at Spain Park (Ala.) High School.
The deep-rooted relationships the family has with Malzahn and Lindsey make it difficult for me to believe that Pickens will end up changing his mind on the Tigers. It also doesn’t hurt Auburn’s chances at keeping Pickens committed when he’s on the same 7-on-7 team as Nix. Those two are only going to get closer this summer, and nothing is more important for a receiver than an established relationship with his future quarterback.
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