Ever since the Pitt football team offered Chandler Kincade a scholarship in August, Kincade knew Pitt was the place for him.
Today, he let Pitt know.
Kincade is only a sophomore at Blackhawk High School, but made a verbal commitment to Pitt. Kincade and Blackhawk coach Joe Hamilton called Pitt coach Todd Graham this morning to give him the news.
Kincade knows some people might be surprised he chose a college as a sophomore, but he said, "I had full intentions of committing throughout the whole season, but I just wanted to wait until afterward to do it. I love everything about Pitt right now. The coaches are great and the program seems to be rising. It just seems like everyone is working hard and it's a real positive environment."
No other college had offered Kincade a scholarship yet, but remember he is only a 16-year-old sophomore. He was considered a definite major-college prospect for the future and other colleges had taken notice.
Kincade wasn't scared away from the fact that Pitt also has a commitment from a highly-touted senior quarterback – Chad Voytik of Cleveland, Tenn.
"Honestly, I didn't consider his choice in mine," Kincade said. "From what I've seen and heard, he's a great quarterback. But I'm willing to compete with anyone, so I'm not really worried about it."
Kincade has been Blackhawk's starting quarterback since early in his freshman season. He missed about half of this season because of a shoulder injury.
Kincade is 6 feet 5, 218 pounds, has loads of potential and is a very good athlete. He also is a talented basketball player and was a starting point guard for Blackhawk as a freshman, averaging 10 points a game before an ankle injury late in the year sidelined him for the playoffs. He was still picked by coaches to the all-section team.
But Kincade has decided not to play basketball this season. To me, that's disappointing because he was good to watch on the hardwood.
"I can always come back to basketball my last two years," Kincade said.
Look for more on Kincade in tomorrow's Post-Gazette.