Florida DB Wilkins Talks Rutgers Interest

Spring football is underway in the Sunshine State and Plant Senior High (Tampa, Fla.) 2014 cornerback Mazzi Wilkins is hungry to take the next step in his recruitment. New offers have come in, Rutgers included, and Wilkins discussed the latest in his recruitment since a spike in college interest.

As an aspiring college cornerback, the NFL draft success at Rutgers has not gone unnoticed by Plant Senior High (Tampa, Fla.) 2014 prospect Mazzi Wilkins.

Rutgers was one of the first programs to offer the Sunshine State standout and impressed by sending Logan Ryan to the New England Patriots in the third round and Marcus Cooper to San Francisco in the seventh.

"I'm always looking at the NFL draft," Wilkins said. "The one they just had, they already have Devin and Jason McCourty in the league and they ball. They just put another cornerback in the league recently with the Patriots. I'm watching that. I'm trying to go somewhere where I'm going to make it."

Wilkins primarily deals with defensive line coach Jim Panagos, who he expects to visit Plant during the spring evaluation period.

"I talk mostly with coach P," Wilkins said. "He's just telling me how much he wants me up there for a visit and they have a really nice facility. They like how fluid I am."

Wilkins holds offers from Rutgers, South Florida, Connecticut and a handful of other programs. He also recently worked out in front of Florida and Vanderbilt.

"I'm really excited but it's time to get humble more than anything," he said. "You can't be satisfied with it. I'm just working really hard and I'm just ready to show myself off this spring."

Wilkins has been quiet on the visit trail, just taking the short trip to USF for junior day. He plans to take visits with his coach this summer, but enjoyed his early experiences at nearby South Florida.

"It was pretty cool," Wilkins said. "It was a laid back environment. It's home and they have been showing a lot of interest and how much me likely. I'll always be looking at them because it's home. They're nice but I want to open my eyes and see what else is out there, expand my horizons."

Wilkins is a 6-foot cornerback that expects to see his interest rise significantly during spring football.

"I'm a taller corner, but I also have really fluid hips," he said. "I have a good overall technique that some coaches have said they really liked. I just lock down my side of the field. Every


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