There's no question that that the USF staff wants wide receivers with size and speed, and one player that fits that bill to a tee is Lamarlin Wiggins, a local prospect that plays at Plant City High School. Wiggins was a big target last year, and after a growth spurt is now standing at 6-foot-3 and 195 lb's.
"Last year I was around 6'2, 170 pounds," said Wiggins. "We've been hitting the gym hard and working out a lot said Wiggins."
Recently Lamarlin took a visit to check out USF for their Junior Day and came away very impressed.
"I went to USF and it was awesome," said Wiggins. "All their facilities are new, and the coaches are great and real to you. They're building a great football program over there. I really liked my visit."
"The weight room is great and all new. I could get some good work done in there," said Wiggins. "Those new practice fields they have are just incredible. I can't wait to get on them and tear it up."
One thing that stood out to Wiggins was the Bulls commitment to academics, and that's something that stands out to the big receiver.
"They're very big on academics and have all these programs to help the players out academically, like tutoring centers and things like that," said Wiggins. "If your GPA drops you get in trouble like a little kid, and that makes you want to the right thing, and that's big time in my book."
Lamarlin also got to spend time with the USF coaching staff
"They're some pretty awesome guys and we all get along pretty well," said Wiggins. "I talk a lot with coach McGeoghan, he says how special of a player I am, that he really wants to coach me, and if I do the right things I can make an impact as a freshman. He's a super guy, a good coach and really cares about the players from what I can see."
"Coach Shank is my recruiting coordinator and he's great too," said Wiggins. "He checks up on me regularly and makes sure I'm doing the right things in the classroom."
"I've only talked to coach Holtz a little bit, but he seems like a great coach," said Wiggins. "He's a real smart head coach and seems like a player's coach. Always staying on top of his players and make sure they're doing the right things. Not just in football, but in everything."
Plant City had quarterback issues last season, but Wiggins was able to use his size, speed and ball skills to have a productive campaign.
"I had 35 catches for 651 yards with 6 receiving touchdowns and I also had a 93 yard kick-off return for a touchdown," said Wiggins. "I've been working hard on my speed and everything else. I want to break the 1,000 yard mark this upcoming season."
Programs have taking notice of the big speedy receiver, as he' claims an impressive list of offers.
"I have a bunch of offers," said Wiggins. "I have USF, Miami, the Seminoles, UF, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Ohio State. Those are all I can think of off the top of my head. LSU has been contacting me too"
With a solid list of schools recruiting him, the stand-out receiver has one school that is sticking out to him.
"USF is my leader," said Wiggins. "They're a great program and they're getting better all the time. I have a great opportunity to play there and I don't want to leave the state and want to stay close to home. They've also been showing me a lot of love and that's why they're my number one team."
"I love their football program and how they run the offense," said Wiggins. "It's a great environment for me, because they throw the ball and use the receivers a lot to block when they're not throwing. Besides being a good receiver I'm also a great blocker."
As to what's on tap for the stand-out receiver, Wiggins said he plans on going to a few combines and spending a lot of time with the Bulls.
"I plan on going to as many of their practices as I can," said Wiggins. "I want to hang out with the coaches and meeting with the players more. I also plan on going to their second Junior Day as well. A bunch of my teammates and me are going to a combine this weekend. Besides that I'm not sure of my future plans. I may go to Arizona State, but I don't know when."