Pitt Lands Prized 2014 Quarterback

The hopes of the immediate future of the Pittsburgh football program rest on the shoulders of Chad Voytik, but today the Panthers secured a pledge from the heir apparent to Voytik.

Hopewell (Pa.) sophomore quarterback Chandler Kincade knew all along where he wanted to play college football, but he was just waiting to make it official.

"I knew Pittsburgh was where I wanted to go for a long time and I wanted to do it during the season," Kincade said. "I didn't want it to be a distraction to my team, so I waited until the season ended. Me and Coach (Joe) Hamilton called Head Coach Todd Graham today and told him that I was committing to Pitt. I think I caught him off-guard, but he was excited about it and so were we."

According to Kincade, there were several reason as to why he chose the Panthers.

"I think the coaches down there are great Mike Norvell, Todd Doge, Todd Graham and Calvin Magee are all just great men," he explained. "I love the program and it is close to home. My brother is thinking about going to Pitt or Duquesne. It just feels like the right fit."

Pitt is bringing in a highly touted class of 2012 quarterback Chad Voytik next year. It would seem to workout nicely, for the Panthers to have Kincade waiting in the wings to replace Voytik, but Kincade is not conceding the starting job just yet.

"I haven't really thought about (Chad) Voytik to be honest with you," I mean I know he is a great quarterback," stated Chandler. "I'm excited to see how he does, but I'm coming there to compete with anyone who is there."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound, super sophomore is a pro-style quarterback, but he is not worried about fitting into the spread option style of the Panthers.

"I still have two years to develop and to become a better runner," explained Kincade. "I plan on working as hard as I can to get better. I am a pro-style quarterback and a lot of things about my game, I won't be able to change, but there are also positives that I bring as well."

The Panthers have had a disappointing season this year, but Kincade feels better days are ahead.

"I think the coaches and players are still working very hard," he said. "Once he (Graham) gets his recruits in there, it will take off and it will be fun to watch it happen."

Beaver County is becoming a very fruitful area for the Panthers, besides the traditional pipeline of Aliquippa.

"When you land Rushel Shell, one of the top running backs in the nation, that is saying something," Kincade said. "They have gotten guys like Jonathan Baldwin, Darrelle Revis and Todd Thomas. It is nice to see guys stay at home and succeed."

Kincade knows that big time quarterbacks, usually play a dual role as a recruiter as well and he has plans of being very active on the recruiting trail.

"A lot of us have already spoken and we've wondered how good could we be if we all stuck together," he stated. "Guys like Robert Foster, Dravon Henry and Royce Watson, we could do some great things and hopefully they all come to Pitt."

Kincade is relieved that he likely won't have to deal with all the stress that comes with being a big time quarterback prospect.

"I'm glad I did it now and got it out of the way," stated Kincade. "I want to have fun and keep playing ball. This allows me to focus on my team, school and football."

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