COVINGTON, Ga. -- Once Khalil Wilcox made the decision, there was no changing his mind.
The two-sport Newton star who has carved out a solid reputation as one of the top baseball seniors in Georgia, stood by the verbal commitment he made to Alabama A&M several months ago, and was elated to be able to officially sign his letter of intent during a signing ceremony this past Wednesday in Newton’s media center.
“It feels amazing, actually,” Wilcox said. “It’s just exhilarating right now. It feels great, and I feel excited and ready to get this next chapter on the road.
Anyone who was on hand at Wilcox’s signing had nothing but glowing remarks to make regarding the 6-foot senior who played safety for the Rams’ football team this past season, while starring as a centerfielder for Newton baseball.
Even interim football coach Camiel Grant, Jr. gushed about the kind of player Wilcox was, regardless of the sport.
And for Wilcox, he said those glowing words of wisdom and encouragement from coaches across the board are simply a microcosm of what he’s experienced in his four years at the school.
“It’s been nothing but mentoring, man,” Wilcox said. “I’ve had great mentors here who have built me and developed me into the man I am today. And with their help, I don’t know where I’d be without them. They’ve left a positive impact on me, and it’s just been awesome.”
Wilcox still has a senior season left with the Rams, and now that’s he’s got the college selection behind him, he’s ready to focus on being the best he can be to a young team where he’ll be the only senior.
“Nothing’s changing for me during the season,” he said. “I’m going to keep on playing like I don’t have anything. As the season goes, I’m looking forward to building with my teammates. We’ve lost a lot, but I feel like we’ve gained a lot also, so we’re gonna keep building.”