Rucker Transfers to AState

The Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball team picked up an important transfer to begin the spring semester.

Outfielder Garrett Rucker of Arkadelphia, who has spent the last two seasons as a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks, has enrolled at classes at A-State.

An outfielder, He will have to sit out the spring season and will be eligible for the Red Wolves in 2016.

“Not many schools recruited me in high school because I committed to Arkansas so early,’’ said Rucker. “Arkansas State really recruited me hard. And I really liked coach (Tommy) Raffo.

“Things didn’t play out like I wanted to and I felt like I had a good opportunity to play here.”

Redshirted as a freshman, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound left-handed hitting Rucker appeared in 11 games and had one start in 2013. In 14 at bats, he had 2 hits and scored 4 runs. He had 1 stolen base. He played against Ole Miss and LSU in the SEC tournament and against Bucknell in the NCAA Regional at Charlottesville.

Once he made the decision to transfer he connected with Red Wolves’ first baseman Matt Burgess, who he had played with on the Arkansas Express summer team.

“I talked to him and sent him a lot of texts,’’ said Rucker. “He said a lot of good things and that he really liked it here. I’ve known him since I was 12 years old. “

At Arkadelphia High School, he was ranked as a top-500 recruits by Perfect Game and was named the sixth-best recruit by Perfect Game. He was named a 2012 honorable mention Louisville Slugger preseason All-American and to the 2012 Rawlings preseason all-southeast region second team and was a two-time All-Arkansas by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He participated in the AHSCA All-Star game and was a Class 5A All-State football performer for the Badgers. He was a three-year starter at quarterback.

Rucker is eligible to go through pre-season drills with the team but will not be eligible to work with the team during the season, which begins in mid-February. He said he has not made a decision to play summer ball yet. He played one season in Wisconsin.