The trend continues of Hofstra University becoming a hot-spot for elite prospects on Long Island.
Catcher Matt Pelcher (Calhoun 2020) announced his verbal commitment to the Pride, joining fellow LI top players such as Jimmy Joyce, Anthony D’Onofrio, Mark Faello, Brad Camarda, James Cardinale and William Kennedy.
He becomes the fourth 2020 graduate on the island to announce his verbal commitments (Joe Wozny; UCONN, Travis Honeyman; Boston College, Johnny Castagnozzi; North Carolina).
Pelcher has been in the limelight since eighth grade, when he was called up to varsity to be the starting catcher for Calhoun. He did a commendable job, batting .286 and handling a very talented pitching staff led by Dylan Hughes and Jake Garguilo.
We wrote a feature story on him directly following the season, ending what was a very short stint as a “well-kept secret”.
“I’ve known Coach Russo since I was nine,” said Pelcher. “And I’ve formed a great relationship with him over the years and when I got older I knew that I wanted to play for him at Hofstra. As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew this was the school for me. I’m also excited to be able to play for a great baseball program and playing Division-I baseball. I also love that I’m able to play close to home where my family can come watch me play. I’m really excited to attend a great school like Hofstra University!”
Before he attends college, he will first have three more seasons of high school.
I’ve watched him play a number of times and it’s clear he is a competitive player that thrives in big spots, but also is only scratching the surface. He still has plenty of physical maturation to go through, but his natural instincts and feel for the game bodes well for his future.