Following a meteoric rise up the recruiting charts this spring, it appears that Plant City rising senior wide receiver Lamarlin Wiggins has already decided his college future.
And he's chosen to stay close to home.
Wiggins has committed to USF, choosing the Bulls over offers from a treasure trove of schools like Florida State, Florida, LSU and Texas Tech, Plant City assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Gerold Dickens said Tuesday.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Wiggins is rated the nation's No. 18 receiver prospect by Rivals.com and is listed as a four-start recruit. As a junior, Wiggins led the Raiders with 40 catches for 649 yards and five touchdown receptions. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Asked if Wiggins' pledge to USF was strong, Dickens said that Wiggins would likely entertain other offers, but that he's a solid commitment to the Bulls.
"I know he's taking his tests right now and is doing what he needs to do to get ready," Dickens said. "I think that's one of the reasons he wanted to get this done and out of the way, so he can really focus on school and his senior year."
Wiggins is the first Hillsborough County commit among USF's seven orals from the Class of 2012.
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