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Another local: Plant DB Wilkins staying home with Bulls



USF's emphasis on local football recruits continues to pay off, as the Bulls on Monday picked up another local commitment -- the seventh in a class of 15 so far -- as Plant defensive back Mazzi Wilkins announced he had chosen the Bulls.

"I think it's a perfect spot for him," Plant coach Robert Weiner said by phone Monday. "He's had a great relationship with the new staff. He's a family-oriented guy, really wants his family and friends and teammates here at Plant to be able to see him play. He had a natural relationship with (DBs coach Ron) Cooper, and with Willie (Taggart), that was a slam dunk."

Wilkins is close friends with Cooper's son Tristan, who will be a freshman at Tulane this fall, so the two had an existing relationship from before Cooper's time at USF, when he was with the Bucs last season. Weiner said Wilkins could play corner or safety at the college level -- he said USF wants its safeties to have corner cover skills, and Wilkins has good size with a 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame and long arms "that make him seem 6-3 on the field," Weiner said.

Weiner said corners can sometimes present a weakness when opponents try to run at them, but he said Wilkins has worked to make himself a well-rounded defensive back, "very physical against the run."

Wilkins continues a strong run for Taggart with area recruits, especially at DB, where he joins Tampa Bay Tech's Tajee Fullwood, Jefferson's Deiondre Porter, East Lake's Devin Abraham. We'll have more from Wilkins this evening after his afternoon practice at Plant.

[Last modified: Monday, August 19, 2013 2:55pm]


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