Announcement Preview: Jake Pickard

Announcement Preview: Jake Pickard

Millburn (N.J.) High's Jake Pickard will make his college announcement this evening. Scout.com previews the announcement.

The moment is here for Jake Pickard. The visits are done and the Millburn (N.J.) High athlete will make his college choice on Thursday evening. Scout.com takes a look at the players; what it would mean to land Pickard; and we take a look at where he could land.


The Players

Andy Pickard, Jake's father, informed Scout.com's Brian Dohn that the 6-foot-6, 230 pounder is down to Oregon, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Virginia and Purdue.

Virginia, Syracuse and Wisconsin received visits from Pickard in the last weeks. He decided to make his decision after talking to his coach and parents on Wednesday , after returning home from his Wisconsin trip on Tuesday night.


Quotables

On Wisconsin: “I would probably have to rate my visit an 8.5 out of 10,” said Pickard. “I would say that just because I have never been there and the campus is beautiful and everybody there is awesome, so I really got to mesh with the players and there weren’t too many bad things about it. It was awesome."

On Syracuse: “It was me, my mom, my coach, coach Shafer and his wife Missy. We were all just talking about Syracuse overall, that I was overall their number one prospect for defense. We talked about a lot of stuff, it wasn’t just football. Coach Shafer is just an awesome guy and he’s a good coach."

On Virginia:"After talking to them I think this season isn't going to be anything like last season," his first visit to UVa. "Coach London was explaining that they had four seniors last year and this year they have 22…With the knowledge that they have, the new personnel that they have, and the people that they have getting older and more mature and better, this year will be nothing like last."


Scout's Take

Pickard has peaked college coaches' interest on both sides of the ball. Wisconsin and Syracuse view him as a possible addition to the defensive side of the ball, while, Virginia sees the potential as both a defensive end and a tight end.

Scout.com's National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn

"Pickard is an intriguing prospect because of his path to being a Division I recruit. He is rated the No. 46 tight end in the class despite spending his junior year playing offensive tackle out of necessity to help his team.

Moving toward his senior season, though, Pickard will move to tight end. He also plays defensive end, and made 70 tackles, including 2 1/2 sacks, in 2013."


Prediction
This one looks to be a fight between Syracuse and Wisconsin down the stretch, with the Badgers gaining momentum since Pickard's visit to Madison. It is a toss up between the Orange and Badgers, with the Cavaliers being a shock.

Pickard will make his announcement today between 5:15-5:30 at Millburn High school.

Keep it will Scout.com as we provide the latest information on his announcement.

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