A strong influx of New England prep/high school players are fulfilling their D1 dreams at the College of Charleston. A Division 1 program residing in the Colonial Athletic Association, the College of Charleston continues to be a choice landing spot for some of the top players from the Northeast.
Two players -- Braeden Purser-Eber and Jayden Novak -- are the latest recruits from the region who have committed to the Cougars. Both are junior catchers, with Purser-Eber playing at Taft School and Novak at Cheshire Academy. The two have also played together as members of The Clubhouse (Fairfield, Conn.) travel program.
This is Purser-Eber's first year on the Taft campus, entering as a reclassified junior, after coming over from Nonnewaug High (Woodbury, Conn.). Mike Porzio, founder and owner of The Clubhouse, told him about Taft. Growing up just seven miles from the Taft campus in Woodbury, Purser-Eber applied to the school and was accepted.
"I had the opportunity to, not only play in the Founders League with some of the best players in the state, but also get a quality education as well," Purser-Eber said. "It was something I couldn't turn down. I cannot say enough good things about Taft. The academics are amazing, with teachers who make you feel like they really care and are there to help you. The athletics are also amazing. We have great facilities that we use with indoor cages, pitching machines and HitTrax.''