Baseball Picks Up New Commit

The Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball team is slowly starting to fill up its signing class for 2015. “We only lose four seniors so we don’t expect it to be a big class,’’ said A-State coach Tommy Raffo.

Genoa Central shortstop Garrett Huff (6-foot, 185 pounds) made a pledge to Arkansas State on Wednesday night. He is the second commit to the 2015 class. Genoa Central is in Miller County in southwest Arkansas and is the defending Class 3A champion. The Dragons also won the state title in 2012.

Popular Bluff (Mo.) pitcher Brandon Stuckenschneider committed to Red Wolves last fall.

“The first time Arkansas State saw me play was at Xtra Innings,’’ said Huff, who also plays on the Dragons’ football team. “I heard from them after that and coach (Anthony) Everman watched me play in a tournament in Joplin, Mo.,

“After that, my parents and I came by and visited the campus and we just loved it. Coach Raffo showed us around and we just really loved the place. I really like coach Raffo a lot.

“We had never been to Jonesboro or ASU and it was really nice. Honestly, I did not expect that. My parents loved it and I decided that was where I wanted to go. I really liked the complex. Coach showed us where the new indoor facility will be.

“I’m done. I have made my choice and I ready to get in the weight room and get stronger.”

Huff earned Class 3A All-Start this past season as the Dragons defeated Fordyce 4-0 in the state title game. He earned All-Region as a sophomore. He started at catcher for GCHS as a freshman.

“I’m just a baseball player,’’ said Huff. “I love it. I just wanted to play ball. I’m what coach Raffo called a Dirt Baller.”

He has offers from UL-Monroe, UALR, Southeast Missouri and “and handful of junior colleges in Texas and Oklahoma. West Virginia and UL-Lafayette wanted him in for visits, but he said he has cancelled those trips.

He plays for the Arkansas Express summer team.