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Blackhawk's Kincade gives verbal commitment to Akron

| Sunday, June 16, 2013, 5:54 p.m.

Blackhawk quarterback Chandler Kincade, a former Pitt recruit, has given a verbal commitment to Akron after taking an unofficial visit to its campus this past Thursday.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Kincade completed 154 of 245 attempts for 2,220 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, when he was a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 selection. Rivals.com ranks him the nation's No. 16 pro-style passer.

Kincade chose the Zips over Pitt and Temple and also had scholarship offers from Bowling Green and Rutgers.

“After I de-committed, Akron's quarterbacks coach (A.J. Milwee) really made a push. He said, ‘We're looking for a guy like you, a guy who can be the face of the program,' ” Kincade said. “I try to take that stuff very (lightly). I looked at the facts. The visit was important. The visit sealed the deal for me.”

The visit included a conversation with Akron athletic director Tom Wistrcill, who promoted the program's commitment to winning. Akron opened InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field in 2009 and hired Terry Bowden as head coach.

“(Wistrcill) was the one who told me how dedicated the school was to taking the football program to a new level,” Kincade said. “The facilities were amazing. The indoor facility is probably the nicest I've seen. The stadium is new, and it's great. There's a tremendous opportunity for me.”

Kincade was a Pitt recruit for 18 months — he committed to former Panthers coach Todd Graham — before backing out in April, saying he didn't believe he was the “top choice” at his position for the Panthers. Among the other quarterbacks Pitt is recruiting is Palo Alto (Calif.) quarterback Keller Chryst, son of San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst and nephew of Pitt coach Paul Chryst.

Kincade is one of two quarterback targets who passed on Pitt Sunday; Cedar Cliff's Andrew Ford committed to Virginia Tech. Kincade will have competition from another former WPIAL star: Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson, who signed in February.

“I know I'm going to compete anywhere,” Kincade said. “I was looking for opportunities. I'm a guy who I want to play as soon as I can. I'm willing to compete with anyone. I really liked hearing that. It stood out to me. ... I've heard a lot from (Pitt since de-committing). I decided on Akron, and I'm solid with Akron.”

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