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USF Football Player Profile: #23 CB Mazzi Wilkins

Career profile of USF cornerback Mazzi Wilkins.

NCAA Football: South Florida at San Jose State Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

#23 CB Mazzi Wilkins - Senior, 6’0”, 176 lbs.

2017: Wilkins finally had a breakout season as a junior, coming away with 32 tackles, nine pass breakups, and tying for second on the team with three interceptions.

2016: Mazzi played in every game in 2016 except the season opener against Towson. He appeared on special teams and in the defensive back rotation and made a total of 10 tackles, including three apiece against Florida State and UConn.

2015: In his first year of action, Mazzi played in 11 games. He made a total of 20 tackles, the majority coming early in the season, and broke up a pass.

2014: Redshirt season.

How He Came To USF: Mazzi played cornerback and free safety at Tampa’s Plant High School. His senior year saw him receive all-Hillsborough County honors for recording 67 tackles, an interception (returned for a touchdown), a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery as the Panthers reached the Class 8A semifinals. Wilkins ended up with a lot of offers, including Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Washington State, and several of USF’s conference rivals. But he committed to the Bulls in August 2013 and stuck through their awful season to signing day, becoming part of the now famed 2014 signing class.

Recruiting Rankings: Wilkins was a three-star recruit across the board.

Follow Him On... Twitter @mazzi_inc. Instagram @mazzi_incorporated23.