- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
When Chandler Kincade (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) opened up his recruitment after a long-standing commitment to Pittsburgh, he never discounted the idea of playing in the MAC despite formerly being a BCS conference commit.
The 6-foot-5, 218-pound Kincade committed to Akron on Sunday. The three-star quarterback visited Akron a few days earlier.
“We’re very happy with the choice of Akron. My whole family can watch me play,” Kincade said. “In the MAC, you’re playing at quarterback and there’s great history. My family and I, since I decommitted, we never looked down at the MAC. You see the guys who come out of [the conference]. This year they have the No. 1 pick.”
Kincade and Pitt went their separate ways in April in what was a mutual decision. Kincade committed to former Pitt coach Todd Graham as a sophomore, and his relationship with the Paul Chryst-led staff never clicked. Last summer, Kincade was wavering quite a bit before solidifying with the Panthers during the season.
The Akron coaching staff, led by Terry Bowden, told Kincade that the offensive scheme is to throw the ball as much as possible. Kincade was immediately impressed with Bowden and his track record at previous schools, one of which was Auburn.
In the 2013 class, Akron signed another Pittsburgh-area player in Thomas Woodson, who also was previously committed to a BCS school (Arizona). Regardless of whether or not Woodson is the starter or another quarterback leads the Zips in 2013, Kincade is confident he will at least have an opportunity to beat the incumbent starter when he arrives in 2014.
“What attracted me is I asked [offensive coordinator] A.J. Millwee if they have a guy who starter a year or two, when I come in do I have a chance to compete?” Kincade said. “He said ‘Yes.’ All I want is the chance to compete.
“My whole goal for college football is to play college football.”