Just over three years ago Chad Knight was pitching on the national stage for the Westport Little League All-Stars, leading the team to the North American final.

On Wednesday, Knight gave a verbal commitment to play for the Duke Blue Devils. Knight, a rising sophomore at Staples High School, is the No. 13 ranked right handed pitcher in his class nationally by Perfect Game and the No. 1 pitcher and and player in the 2019 class in Connecticut.

Knight was an All-FCIAC Western Division standout in his first season at the varsity level, belting out a number of key hits and quickly setting the tone in the middle of the Staples lineup.

His first pitching assignment for the Wreckers wasn’t the easiest: A showdown with defending Class LL champion Amity.

Knight will join Nathan Panzer (Maryland, 2016) and Ben Casparius (North Carolina, 2017) as Staples players headed to ACC schools.