There's no question that that the USF staff wants wide receivers with size, speed, and playmaking ability, and one player that fits that bill is Plant City ‘s Lamarlin Wiggins, a 6-foot-2.5 and 190 pound local standout that has verbally committed to play for Skip Holtz and the Bulls.
"I feel that USF is a great place and where I want to be at," said Wiggins. "It's a great program with a great coaching staff and they're making a lot of changes to build the program up."
As a junior Wiggins had 40 catches for 649 yards with 6 receiving touchdowns and also had a 93 yard kick-off return for a touchdown. The 3-star wide receiver had plenty of college programs showing interest with an impressive list of offers including ones from South Florida, Texas Tech, Louisville, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, and UCLA before choosing USF.
"I committed to USF because they're building a great program and are on the rise," said Wiggins. "It's a real nice campus and they have done so much since the first time I was on campus. They have brand new football facilities with a real nice weight room and awesome new practice fields. They also have new basketball, baseball, and softball fields and a new dining hall for the athletes. None of that was there last year, and they have plans to build more."
Another one of the big reasons Wiggins chose the Bulls is the coaching staff and the family atmosphere surrounding the players and coaches.
"All the coaches and players, it's like one big family over there," said Wiggins. "I talk to coach Shankweiler almost every day on the phone or on Facebook. Every time I have a question or anything whether its about football or school, he's right there for me. He's like a brother/father to me, and that's what I like about him, he's a great person."
"I talk to coach McGeoghan, and that's my boy right there," said Wiggins. "We had several long talks and I think he's a great coach and a person. He's who I actually first told that I was going to go to USF and wasn't going to go to another school. He told me I'm a great guy and a great player and he wants to coach me. I told him that he's the type of coach I want to be coached by. He's an awesome guy."
Wiggins said that he actually made his choice to be a Bull earlier, but it was never really made public.
"I actually told them I was coming to USF during the spring, and told everybody that I was committed to USF," said Wiggins. "I didn't make a big deal about it publicly so I decide to come out with it and make sure everybody knew I wanted to be a Bull."
"I wanted to make an early decision so I can get the recruitment out of the way and focus on my school work," said Wiggins. "I'm doing a lot better in school now, but I still have some work to do. Now I can focus on my senior year and everything will be straight when the time comes. That's another thing I like about USF is how big they are on academics, and have all kinds of programs to help the athletes out."
Wiggins said that he has ended his recruitment and that he's a solid commit to USF.
"I'm pretty solid with USF," said Wiggins. I like everything about the program, they're the hometown team, and I'll get to play in front of my friends and family. I'll also have a chance to compete for early playing time and get coached up."
Now that he's made his choice Wiggins said he's going on vacation with his family, but when he returns is going to try to get to campus a lot this summer, and definitely try and catch some team practices.
"I feel great now that I made my choice to be a Bull," said Wiggins. "Now I can focus on school, my upcoming season, and get ready to go to USF."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Lamarlin Wiggins and the rest of the 2012 recruiting class