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USF’s Tyre McCants, Mazzi Wilkins headed to NFL camps

Wilkins will attend the Bucs’ rookie mini-camp next month

Though USF had no player drafted for the second time in the last four seasons, the weekend wasn't a total wash for the Bulls.

Slot receiver Tyre McCants and cornerback Mazzi Wilkins will get a look-see from the Rams and Bucs, respectively.

Both confirmed Sunday evening they’ve received rookie mini-camp invitations. McCants will try out for the Rams on May 10; the Bucs mini-camp is set for May 11-12.

“All I need is a chance and this is a great opportunity,” said Wilkins, a Plant High alumnus. “And it means a little bit more to me because I’m from Tampa.”

In a year of bleak draft prospects for the Bulls, McCants and Wilkins were widely deemed the most likely to end up in an NFL camp this spring.

Wilkins was a late roster addition to the East-West Shrine Game in January, when he had an interception; and both appeared to have solid workouts at USF’s pro day on March 29.

Related: Bulls try to jump-start draft buzz at USF pro day

Wilkins (6-foot, 181 pounds), who started 20 games over the past two seasons, finished 2018 with 48 tackles and ranked second on the team with nine pass breakups. He tied for second on the team with three interceptions in ’17, with nine pass breakups in nine starts.

McCants, quite possibly the sturdiest slot receiver (5-11, 240) in college football the last two seasons, finished his Bulls career fourth on the school’s all-time list in receptions (127), third in receiving yardage (1,856) and tied for second in touchdown catches (16).

He achieved GIF immortality at UCF in ’17, when he dragged Knights linebacker Chequan Burkett 15 yards into the end zone for the Bulls’ first touchdown in USF’s 49-42 defeat.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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