Blake Wynn commits to Arkansas State

The courtship between Blake Wynn and Arkansas State baseball has not been long. But in that short period of time the Red Wolves coaches liked what they say in Wynn, one of three Star City players they have offered. And Monday night Wynn told the A-State coaches the feeling was mutual.


The 6-foot, 165-pound Wynn, who played shortstop and pitcher for the Class 4A champion Bulldogs, became the Red Wolves’ fourth commitment for the Class of 2016, joining Cullen and Conrad Ray of Germantown, Tenn., Houston and Kansas City area infielder Ross Messina.

“I just felt real comfortable up there,’’ said Wynn, who also plays football and will play basketball this year for the Bulldogs. “I really like the coaches. I like coach (Tommy) Raffo. He is a fine Christian man.

“I feel like they are really going to build something special up there and they are going to build it the right way.

“They haven’t really been recruiting me that long. I know I started hearing from them during the season and one of the coaches came down to watch me pitch. I think my coach Scott Johnson told them about me.

“They said they wanted me to come up for a visit and they offered me a few weeks ago. I really like it there so I committed.

Wynn was a 2-way starter for Star City, which defeated Arkadelphia for the state title. He earned Class 4A All-State. As a pitcher he was 7-1 on the season and batted .545. A-State has also offered Bulldogs’ outfielder Garry Hill and catcher Austin Powell.

“I like playing in the field better, because I like to hit,’’ he said.

Wynn is also a standout receiver for Star City and earned All-Conference and All-Southeast Arkansas honor this past season. He said he plans to play basketball this season with his friends, something he has not done since junior high but will go out since the Bulldogs won the state title in May.

But baseball is his love. He started playing when he was 6 and about the time he was a freshman began thinking he might have a chance to play in college.