By DIEGO LOZANO III
The collegiate track world has been put on notice. After his school record-breaking high jump of over 7 feet on Feb. 2, Pima freshman Eddie Wilcox has become an astonishing talent for the Aztecs.
Raised in Detroit, Wilcox was introduced to track and field in the seventh grade and has been loyal to his sport ever since.
Standing at 6 feet 6 inches in high school, Wilcox’s towering height was immediately noticed by Pima jumps coach Chad Harrison.
“The first thing I saw was that he had great form, but he didn’t have that bulky muscle,” Harrison said. “I just knew, if he touches a little bit of weights, he’s going to be a stud.”
Through Harrison’s tutelage, Wilcox has experienced exponential improvement in his craft since he got to Tucson.
Harrison spoke highly of Wilcox’s character and alluded to their positive relationship.
“He’s a smart kid, he listens.”
“Overall in high jump, he’s progressed from 6 feet 6 inches to 7 feet, which is just an insane improvement,” Harrison said. “He came in and he was very unsure of himself, and now he’s very confident in his ability.”
Wilcox is working to become more explosive, and feels his efforts to improve his technique have translated into his astounding development.
“I believe it’s more technique and working with coach Chad, working in the weight room and getting bigger,” he said.
Harrison has continued to preach to Wilcox that anything is possible with hard work. Wilcox’s efforts are paying dividends, as he’s getting attention from the likes of renowned universities such as Florida, Michigan State and Texas Tech.
Wilcox was humble when he spoke of the recognition he instantly received from the University of Texas after his impressive leap.
“I felt good; I’m really excited,” he said. “I’m most likely going to stay here for another year so I can keep working with coach Chad, and hopefully more schools like UT will come offer me.”
Wilcox ranks No. 2 among freshmen high jumpers in all collegiate divisions.
Not satisfied with his current success, Wilcox stressed the significance of increasing his strength to reach the pinnacle of his abilities.
As a freshman, the future for Wilcox is literally above 7 feet.
“I think the upside, depending on his work ethic, his ability, he could go 7 feet 6 inches,” Harrison said. “He’s a stud; he’s a lucky find.”
Wilcox has already jumped into the Pima record books, and now he may well jump onto the winner’s podium at the NJCAA Indoor Championships in Lubbock, Texas, on March 1-2.