Outside of the five midyear junior college players that have already signed, the Texas State Bobcats currently have 15 players committed to sign on February 3 for their 2016 class.
While some de-committed from Texas State after a tough season and a coaching change, one of the players to remain committed throughout was Reagan safety, Cederick “CJ” Pickrom, Jr.
“I just loved the environment,” said Pickrom about Texas State. “The coaches, the attitude and the players are cool. The city itself too, it’s a pretty cool town. I’ve been down to Texas State four times. It’ll be five once my official visit comes.”
With offers from UTSA and Bowling Green, Pickrom has been committed to the Bobcats since April 2015. He could even be considered one of the leaders of this class with the way he has maintained a close relationship with some key commits, as well as trying to convince a former commit to come back, “I’m in a group chat with some of the other guys. Me, Devin (Williams), JaShon (Waddy), Chase Napoleon and Des (Smith). Des committed to Texas Tech but we’ve been trying to convince him to go to Texas State. Hasn’t worked yet.”
The day the dead period ended, head coach Everett Withers and defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase were at Pickrom’s school making sure his commit was solid. Pickrom said he talked to the new coaches, “quite often,” through social media, the only way coaches and players are allowed to communicate during a dead period.
At 6’1”, 183-lbs Pickrom consistently runs between a 4.5 and 4.6 40 time. While usually playing safety, he is a versatile defensive back that can also play corner. He started all four years at Reagan and is comfortable playing in many different defensive schemes.
“I started on varsity as a freshman and back then we were more of a zone team,” said Pickrom. “Going into my senior year, they got a new defensive coordinator and he had more of a blitzing style so we played a lot of man (coverage). I really like man but I can play both.”
Pickrom has an official visit to San Marcos planned for January 29.