Blackhawk's Kincade de-commits from Pitt
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Blackhawk junior quarterback Chandler Kincade, who has been part of Pitt's 2014 recruiting class for the past 18 months, de-committed Thursday, saying he doesn't believe he is the coaching staff's top choice.
Nonetheless, Kincade said he is still open to enrolling at Pitt and hopes to rebuild his relationship with the school.
“We (Kincade and his family) didn't really feel like there was a great confidence level in me,” he said. “You kind of had the feeling I wasn't that top choice.”
Kincade, a Rivals.com three-star prospect, committed to former Pitt coach Todd Graham after his sophomore season in 2011. When Graham departed and Chryst was hired, Pitt continued to maintain close ties with Kincade, who was a frequent visitor to practice.
Meanwhile, Pitt offered a scholarship to Palo Alto, Calif., five-star quarterback Keller Chryst, Paul Chryst's nephew. Keller Chryst is the 50th-ranked player (third at his position) in the nation, according to the ESPN 150 rankings released Thursday.
“I just hope they are still interested in me and we can start this thing over,” said Kincade, who was the only member of Pitt's 2014 class.
While committed to Pitt, Kincade received scholarship offers from Temple, Rutgers, Bowling Green and Akron. Plus, Chandler and his father, Tony, have made unofficial visits to other colleges.
Several schools are scheduled to visit Blackhawk this spring to watch him throw.
“I was kind of there from Coach Graham and his staff and that's not really how I wanted to handle my recruitment,” he said. “We didn't want to put Pitt in that situation where Coach Chryst and his staff felt like they had to go there because I was inherited when he came in.”
At the moment, Keller Chryst is the only quarterback Pitt has offered.
“I don't think there is anybody immediately on their board (other than Chryst) that you can say Pitt has a good chance to land him,” ESPN recruiting analyst Jared Shanker said.
Kincade, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, will be a three-year starter at Blackhawk this year. He completed 154 of 245 attempts for 2,220 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. His sophomore season was interrupted by a shoulder injury, but he still threw for 547 yards and three TDs.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- McCutchen, Pirates hitters increasingly in crosshairs
- Woman shot outside Kennywood Park in West Mifflin
- Locke pitches 8 scoreless innings as Pirates edge Indians
- State-owned universities spend millions in race to snare students
- Starting 9: Pirates missing out on young bat
- Pirates minor league report: Ramirez more mindful while at plate
- Innovation enhances Philadelphia’s history as Democrats convene, Pope Francis visits
- Biertempfel: Loss of All-Star paper ballots a blow to nostalgia
- Pirates trust eye test when voting for all-stars
- Gameday: Pirates vs. Indians, July 5, 2015
- Keystone Markers give insights about towns but have fallen victim to time, theft or traffic accidents