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USF keeps local defender home

Tampa (Fla.) Plant two-star outside linebacker Mitchell Wright pledged his services to South Florida on Tuesday during a ceremony held at his high school.
"I chose the Bulls because of how comfortable I was with the entire staff there and that it's close to home so my family can see me play," Wright said. "I'm excited to be a part of the family here at South Florida because I feel like they are building something special"
Wright opted for the Bulls over Boston College. He shared more about why he decided to stay close to home for his college career.
"I felt very comfortable there with the linebackers coach Chris Cosh because he treated me like a part of the family," Wright said. "I'm ready to get over there and get to work. I liked both South Florida and Boston College but the comfort I felt with the staff, players, everything at South Florida made a big difference"
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defender believes he can make an immediate contribution to the Bulls off the edge.
"As a player I feel I bring a lot of speed to the defense," Wright said. "It's a great fit for me and my strengths as a linebacker or a pass rusher at times"
As a junior, Wright had 73 tackles including 29 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He also had an interception and a fumble recovery.
Michael Langston contributed to this report.
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