El Cerrito High football coach Kenny Kahn knew that this year's senior players were special when they were underclassmen.

They showed how special they were on Wednesday, when five Gauchos signed letters of intent.

The El Cerrito signing class was highlighted by three players signing with Pac-12 universities -- Adarius Pickett to UCLA, and DJ Calhoun and Jalen Harvey to Arizona State.

Former El Cerrito coach Frank Milo, who was the head coach of the Gauchos from 1982-2002, said that it was the most Division I football signees from El Cerrito in one year since the 1981 team.

Pickett, ranked a four-star cornerback by rivals.com, has already graduated from El Cerrito and said he would start attending classes at UCLA in late March.

"When I was at UCLA on my official (visit), I felt at home," said the 6-foot, 1/2 inch, 194-pound Pickett. "I had no doubt in my mind."

Pickett said that UCLA is also looking at him as a running back and kick returner.

Calhoun, a four-star outside linebacker, graduated in January and is now a student at Arizona State.

"I've been telling Jalen, "You better be ready for the workouts," said the 5-11 1/2, 195-pound Calhoun in a phone interview Wednesday. "I'm just proud for everybody on my (El Cerrito) team that have committed to go DI."

Arizona State coach Todd Graham said in a press conference Wednesday that Calhoun will play the Will linebacker position.


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"DJ is a guy that possesses great blitz ability, very, very smart," Graham said. "I think he's one of the best linebackers in the country."

Harvey, a 6-1, 195-pound four-star wide receiver, said he felt "tremendous" about signing day Wednesday.

"That was my best choice, and Coach Graham is an awesome coach," Harvey said. He also said that he "might play some defense" at Arizona State.

"Jalen is going to provide great physicality to our receivers," Graham said. "Jalen was a guy that was very highly recruited.

"We had a lot of success in Northern Cal, ... obviously we've got some great Sun Devils from that area."

Both Calhoun and Harvey originally made oral commitments to other universities before choosing Arizona State. Calhoun de-committed from USC, and Harvey de-committed from Cal.

The other two Gauchos who signed letters of intent were safety Jawian Harrison Jr. and Marquis Pippins, both to Weber State.