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Kyle Wilson (seated, centered) has signed a letter of intent to play football at Lyon College in Batesville. With him are (seated, from left): Tom Sears, Hoxie High School football coach; Kirk Kelley, head football coach at Lyon; and (back) Kaelin Wilson, Will and Serina Wilson, and Keifer Wilson.

Hoxie's Wilson signs with Lyon

John Bland

Hoxie High School senior Kyle Wilson has signed to play football for the Lyon College Scots in Batesville. The signing took place Tuesday, Dec. 17, at a ceremony with Kyle's family, teammates, coaches, school officials and a few friends present.

Lyon College is in the process of restarting its football program, and its first season of intercollegiate competition will be the fall of 2015. The college last had football in 1951. Lyon will compete as part of the Central States Football League.

Wilson, who is one of some 24 players signed to play football at Lyon, will be classified as a red-shirt player during his freshman year, according to Kirk Kelley, head football coach at Lyon.

Kelley said that Wilson is an ideal match for the Lyon College football program. "He fits the mold that we're looking for," he said. "At Lyon, a player has to be a true student-athlete."

"He's a great student, he's a great person, and he's a great football player," Kelley said of Wilson. "It's a good match for us and for him."

Tom Sears, Hoxie's head football coach, said that Wilson ranks first in his class academically with a 4.0 grade point average. Dennis Truxler, Hoxie School superintendent, reiterated that Kyle is "a top-notch student."

Sears also noted that Wilson is a first team 3A-3 All-Conference honoree.

He played slot receiver and running back on offense and cornerback on defense. During the 2013 season, Wilson rushed on offense for 145 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught six passes for 96 yards.

On defense, Wilson assisted on 33 tackles, had 19 solo tackles, three interceptions and blocked two passes, Sears reported.

Wilson is the son of Will and Serina Wilson of Hoxie, who joined him for the signing. Kyle's brothers, Kaelin and Keifer, were also there.

Kyle's father said that his son, who is interested in a pre-law degree, had looked at attending Lyon even before he was offered a football scholarship. Kyle said he is excited about the prospect of playing football at Lyon. He also expressed what his experience as a Hoxie Mustang football player and his teammates have meant to him.

"I've always loved football," Kyle said. "We've played together since fourth grade and have been brothers since day one."

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