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Eric Wilcoxson (seated, center) signs the paperwork to accept an Arkansas State University Red Wolves baseball scholarship. With him are his parents (seated, from left) Pam and Bill Wilcoxson, sister Anna; and (back) Derek Bramlett, WRHS baseball coach; and Larry Treadway, WRHS athletic director and football coach.
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Wilcoxson lands with Red Wolves

Eric Wilcoxson officially signed Tuesday to accept an Arkansas State University Red Wolves Baseball scholarship. Wilcoxson is a May graduate of Walnut Ridge High School.

In signing with ASU, Wilcoxson became the second WRHS baseball player in Derek Bramlett's 15 years as coach at the school to sign to play with a NCAA Division I college. Former WRHS baseball standout Jason Belcher signed to play Division I baseball but opted to go pro.

In February, Wilcoxson had signed to play baseball with Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff. However, when the ASU baseball coaches offered him this opportunity, he thought the fit was right for him.

"It feels good to finally be settled," Wilcoxson said. "I feel blessed that God has given me this opportunity..."

He expressed his thanks that ASU baseball coaches, Tommy Raffo and Anthony Everman, sought him. "I am grateful that Coach Raffo and Coach Everman gave me this opportunity and saw what they needed in me."

Wilcoxson said he plans to help out wherever needed on the ASU team.

"It's very humbling," he said of getting to be part of a Division I program. "It's great to be playing in Northeast Arkansas." He added that the facilities at ASU are "top-notch."

Wilcoxson was a top athlete playing football, basketball and baseball while at WRHS. He played shortstop and did some pitching for the Bobcat baseball team. "Eric is the kind of kid every coach wants on his team," Bramlett said.

Last week, Wilcoxson played in the Arkansas High School All-Star Baseball game. He received numerous honors during his high school athletic career.

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