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Blackhawk's Kincade de-commits from Pitt

| Thursday, April 18, 2013, 9:36 p.m.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Blackhawk quarterback Chandler Kincade is sacked by Mars' Jake Tumminello during the second quarter of their WPIAL Class AAA first-round playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Adams Township.

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.

Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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