A program in dire need of a good break finally caught one Tuesday.
Bulls record-setting TE Mitch Wilcox announced via Twitter he'll remain at USF for his fifth and final season. The announcement comes six days before the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2019 NFL draft.
A Tarpon Springs High alumnus, Wilcox earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors during his breakthrough 2018 season, establishing program records for receptions (43) and yards (540) by a tight end in a single season.
Shortly before the Gasparilla Bowl, he told the Tampa Bay Times his NFL Draft status was being evaluated and he was weighing his future options.
His decision leaves arguably the Bulls' most versatile offensive dimension in place. In addition to finally getting the opportunity to brandish his pass-catching skills in 2018 (he totaled only 29 catches his first two seasons), Wilcox has proven himself an effective blocker both in run protection and on the perimeter.
He'll enter 2019 with 976 career receiving yards (most in a career by a Bulls tight end), and barring injury, is a lock to become the school's all-time leading pass-catcher for his position. Wilcox will enter the year with 72 receptions, three shy of the record held by Sean Price.