"Mazzi gives USF a big cornerback that can run," said Robert Weiner, Plant's coach. "He close to 6-foot-2 and he has long arms and is very fast. He has very good cover skills. Mazzi is big, athletic and versatile. He's good enough to be a star on offense. We could certainly use him on offense but he's that good on defense. They are getting a tremendous player."
Wilins, a three-star prospect, has impressed Weiner and the Plant coaching staff with what he has done since last season. They asked him to become more of a presence for their defense and that's exactly what he has done.
"We sat down with him before spring ball and told him that we wanted him to be more physical," Weiner said. "And he has. He is much better in run support. He's physical in run support. Now he can pretty much play any position in the secondary, including free and strong safety."
So what position will be play for the Bulls?
"They recruited him to play cornerback but he could certainly be a safety there," Weiner said. "Nowadays your safeties better have good cornerback skills. He does. He could play anywhere in the defensive backfield for USF and they can feel good about that.
"They are getting a player that loves that staff, coach [Willie] Taggart and everyone. He will work very hard for them and has a chance to be a tremendous player."
The Bulls now have 15 commitments to date for their class of 2012 and eight are from the Tampa Bay area.
Wilkins, 6-foot-1 and 165-pounds, is the No. 94 ranked cornerback in the nation.
Below are some of his highlights from the 2012 season.