The USF staff has a penchant of discovering young talented prospects and being the first to offer. Plant's Mazzi Wilkins, a 2014 prospect fits that bill to a tee. Wilkins, who played JV last season was a standout at the USF Sling and Shoot and helped Plant win the title.
"The USF 7on7 was pretty good and a lot of fun," said Wilkins. "It felt so good to win because those were two long days and we went into the tournament with the mind set to win. Coach Weiner was preaching to use to learn how to be champions and that was our first lesson and we aced it."
"The competition was ok, but I was pretty used to it because I go against competition like that every day at practice," said Wilkins. "I think I did pretty good, but I'm always looking to do better than just good I'm looking to be perfect."
After standing out over the two day tourney, The 6-foot, 155 pound defensive back earned an invite to the Bulls elite SuperBull camp and got great news.
"They invited me to their camp so I went and balled out," said Wilkins. "Afterwards the DB coach came and talked to my dad and I and they offered me on the spot. That was my first offer."
"I felt so happy to get it because I have come a long way as a football player and finally all my hard work is starting to pay off," said Wilkins. "It was also cool to get it from my home school."
The Plant stand-out was offered by USF secondary Coach Rick Smith.
"He said I have natural talent and that he hasn't seen somebody my size play DB as good as I do in a long time," said Wilkins. "it made me feel good but I know I still have a lot of work to do so I didn't let it get to my head that much and I just took it in stride ."
"I really liked the DB coach," said Wilkins. "He is really straight forward."
Wilkins talked about what it meant to get that first offer from the home town team.
"It felt great and it's nice," said Wilkins. "They are up and coming and they seem very organized. The campus is straight and it's my home school so I'm used to it. The facilities and practice fields were pretty nice, and I liked it."
The local prospect also got to talk with the Bulls head Coach Skip Holtz.
"That was cool, he said liked me and I'm aggressive and he liked how I play," said Wilkins. "Coach Holtz is nice but you can tell he's about business I liked that."
With his first offer in hand, Wilkins said he likes the hometown team, but is very wide open at this point and does have others showing interest.
The rising sophomore played on the JV last season, but has been getting a lot of notice this spring and summer, and knows why.
"I'm very tall as a corner back but I can move like a smaller guy," said Wilkins. "I'm also long, can press, and close on the ball quickly."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com, as we keep you updated on Mazzi Wilkins recruitment.