Blackhawk sophomore quarterback Chandler Kincade was watching Pitt practice one day in August when coach Todd Graham approached with an unexpected gift — a scholarship.
Kincade was surprised and flattered, but he decided to wait until after the season to accept. Finally, Blackhawk coach Joe Hamilton called Graham on Wednesday morning, handed the telephone to Kincade, who said he plans to enroll at Pitt in 2014.
"After they offered me, I had a pretty good idea I wanted to commit," Kincade said. "I just wanted to wait until after the season. The coaches are great guys and the program seems like it is progressing each week."
Kincade, 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, missed part of Blackhawk's season with a shoulder injury, but he completed 40 of 68 passes for 547 yards and three touchdowns in five games. Hamilton said Kincade is athletic enough to run, but that wasn't part of Blackhawk's offensive game plan.
"We didn't allow him to run very much," Hamilton said. "We only had one quarterback."
"I've never been a running quarterback," Kincade said. "I've always been a passing quarterback, but I can run."
Kincade said he chose Pitt partially because his brother, Anthony, who doesn't play football, may enroll there after he graduates from Blackhawk next year.
"It means a lot to be with him," Kincade said.
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