Tampa (Fla.) Plant defensive end/outside linebacker Mitchell Wright committed to South Florida on Tuesday at a news conference held at Plant High School.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior chose the Bulls over offers from Boston College, Florida Atlantic and UMass. The three-star prospect is the 11th commitment for the Bulls in the class of 2013.
Wright was offered by South Florida after his participation in the program's Super Bull showcase. Despite a year of playing in front of head coach Skip Holtz (Holtz's son Trey Holtz was Wright's teammate in 2011), Wright said the school hadn't shown much interest until recently.
"USF had started showing interest in me pretty late in the process," Wright said. "I spoke to them when we participated in the first Sling & Shoot and they asked me to come to the camp and that's when the offer came through.
"They immediately shot to the top of my list, especially when I had a chance to see the campus and the facilities. Everything is new and nice. The academics are solid as well."
South Florida has had a strong month in commitments from the Tampa area. Wright joins Tampa Robinson teammates Bruce Hector and Connor Rafferty and Tampa Catholic offensive lineman Cameron Ruff as local prospects that have committed in the past three weeks.
"I really see coach Holtz committing to the community, the program and the players around here so it's very exciting to be at South Florida right now," Wright said. "I really love the idea of playing close to home and being around my family. Raymond James Stadium is five minutes from my house. I'll live in the dorms but if I need to go home, it's only 20 minutes away from the school."
Wright's stock rose considerably after his recorded four sacks in Plant's 31-20 victory over Miramar (Fla.) in the 2011 Class 8A state championship game.
"Mitchell is a high-motor player and I think South Florida got a gem of a young man," Plant head coach Robert Weiner said. "I think the world of him and what he can become as a football player in college."
Wright says South Florida will be bringing him in as an outside linebacker.