CB ponders what it would mean to play at WSU

FOR SOME PROSPECTS and their families, everything else is window dressing and it is distance that is ultimately the decision-maker. For others, that doesn't hold the same import. Washington State already has two commits from the state of Florida in the 2014 class and they have their eye on several more -- including a three-star, 6-foot cornerback with double-digit offers.

Distance will be a factor for Mazzi Wilkins (6-0, 160) out of Plant High in Tampa.

With the Pac-12 network growing, it continues to become a more important tool WSU can use in recruiting -- a way that parents can see their son play every Saturday.

But the network's reach is still a work in progress -- not everyone can easily get the Pac-12 Networks, depending on their current provider. And for prospects like Wilkins, the prospects of him landing at Wazzu would seem tied to if he trips to Washington State on an official visit.

"I don't mind going off somewhere," said Wilkins. "But I would like my mom and dad be able to see me play… Washington State seems cool, but I'm going to have to go and see because it is a ways away, I don't know if my mom and dad can afford flying out there for every game… I really would have to like that school for it to be the one."

WILKINS, RANKED THE No. 91 prep corner nationally, holds offers from WSU, USF, CFU, Indiana, Rutgers, Connecticut, Bowling Green, Marshall, Memphis, South Alabama and Syracuse.

"I'm just looking for somewhere where I feel at home," said Wilkins. "I want to be comfortable, because it's going to be a life changing experience."

Wilkins has been to Miami (no offer) and USF this spring/summer and hopes to be able to get to Indiana and/or Rutgers between now and the end of August.

Wilkins' decision timetable is flexible, and he said a decision could come soon or well down the road.

"When it happens, it happens – when I feel it, that's when I'll commit…my parents say it's all in my hands (but) I listen to them on certain things, they back me up. We're a team and work together," said Wilkins.



NOTABLE NOTE:
Two Floridians on the Cougar roster, MLB Darryl Monroe and WR Isiah Myers, have become mainstays for Washington State. The two known 2014 WSU commits from Florida are QB Peyton Bender, who was also offered by Penn State, and WR Keith Harrington, whose other offers included rides from Arizona, Boise State, Wake Forest, Marshall, Indiana and Ball State.

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