Baseball Draws New Commit

A week after visiting Tennessee, Peyton Culbertson found what he was looking for at Arkansas State. A 6-foot-1, 190 pound right-handed pitcher from Collierville, Tenn., Culbertson visited Jonesboro last week and less than a week later he made a pledge to the Red Wolves.

"It is a good fit for me,'' he said. “I love the coaches and the facilities. I have been over to Arkansas a lot with my friend. I just felt like it was the best fit for me. It is the best place for me to play baseball.”

Culbertson said he offers from Tennessee and Southeast Missouri. He has been hearing from Oklahoma, Indiana, Memphis and Arkansas among others. He visited UT last week and was in Jonesboro on Thursday.

"I've been on the campus once before and I have been to Jonesboro several times to play baseball,' he said. “I’ve actually been all over Arkansas."

As a sophomore he posted a 6-1 record and 2.26 ERA to help the Dragons to their first state title. He was the winning pitcher in the semifinal game. Last season he was 4-2 with a 1.79 ERA. He had 37 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

"I would say I am a power pitcher,'' he said. “I have been hitting 92 (miles per hour) lately. "The Arkansas State coaches told me they wanted me to come in and work to be a starter, but would use me where it helps the team best. I am all for that. I just want to do what I can to help the team win."

He has been a member of several national teams. He competed in the Area Code game in Long Beach, Calif., repentantly and was on Team USA National Team Identification Series squad that played in North Carolina.

He is the third commit for the Red Wolves' 2015 classing, joining LHP Brandon Stuckenschneider and infielder Garrett Huff of Geona Central. The Red Wolves plan to add at least three more players before the November signing day.