Illini In The Mix For Top Dallas Quarterback

The Fighting Illini football program hasn't recruited many Texas players, but it plans an expanded presence in that talent-rich state under new coach Tim Beckman. No less than three coaches have been assigned areas in Texas. Among early offers for Texans is standout Dallas quarterback Devante Kincade.

Dallas Skyline High School always has a good program and sends many of its players on to high major colleges. Their offensive leader this past year was quarterback Devante Kincade. He put up staggering numbers as a junior.

"I threw for 3300 yards and 36 touchdowns in 14 games. And I ran for 857 yards and 17 touchdowns. We made it to the state semifinals."

Kincade describes his quarterbacking style.

"I have the ability to throw the ball well and get out of the pocket. I'm kind of dangerous because you have to respect the run and pass. I give other teams problems because you never know what I'm going to do. I can run, or I can get the pass off."

Illinois is switching from a pro-style attack to a spread offense. Does the 6'-2", 180 pounder prefer one offense over the other?

"I can do either pro-style or spread offense. I am a pass-first quarterback. If nobody is open, I'm going to try to get what I can and make something happen."

Of course, there is always room for further development.

"I want to get stronger, and I can always get my footwork better so instead of running out of pocket, I can move around in the pocket to buy time instead of running.

"I do a lot of drills to help me learn to stay in the pocket. Instead of running out of the pocket, I'm learning to shuffle to the side, shuffle back or shuffle forward to avoid the defender. You see my film, I can see them coming. I don't have to run, I can just make a little move and get the ball off."

He hasn't yet met Billy Gonzales, his Illinois recruiting coach, but he has an offer from the school and will have plenty of opportunity to develop a relationship over time.

"I have offers so far from Illinois, Kansas State and Colorado. I'm also hearing from Arizona State, LSU and Oregon. I'll be going to a couple of camps including LSU. I definitely plan to visit Illinois in the summer."

Kincade has a good idea what he wants in a college.

"I'm looking for a school with good academic services and a good environment to be around. A place that feels like home. And I'm looking for a good pass-team offense, an air raid-type team with multiple sets so I can run around a lot."

The future Sports Management major hopes to make his college decision before the fall so he can enjoy his senior year of high school.

"I don't really have a timetable. I'm just waiting on the spring to see what schools really like me. I'll probably choose sometime in the summer."

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