With Blackhawk quarterback Chandler Kincade decommiting from Pitt on Thursday (reluctantly, I suspect) and Keller Chryst (Pitt’s top choice and Paul Chryst’s nephew) living all the way on the West Coast with a dad who is on the San Francisco 49ers’ coaching staff, Pitt could lose both players.
That would be bad, but Keller Chryst is that good. Trying to keep both players on the line is a risk worth taking, especially when you consider Pitt already has two young quarterbacks (Chad Voytik and Tra’von Chapman) with plenty of potential and eligibility remaining.
Nice safety net.
In regards to Kincade, Pitt was put in the position of nudging him toward other schools because of its desire to land Keller Chryst. After all, it’s tough to turn your back on your nephew, especially when he is one of the top prep quarterbacks in the nation. Keller is No. 1 on Rivals.com’s list of the top pro-style quarterbacks, No. 2 on ESPN.
Stanford, USC and Arizona have offered, and Keller’s dad, 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst, spoke highly of their recent trip to Alabama.
Pitt couldn’t nudge Kincade too forcefully (and it did not), in the event it can’t lure Keller Chryst to Pittsburgh.
Kincade is an outstanding prospect, with a mature outlook, level head and strong arm. Can’t be that trifecta. Pitt will keep recruiting him.
Kincade, who has a brother attending Pitt, will look around at other schools with a serious eye, and he will get a lot of offers from excellent universities. Word is, he may want to enroll in January, too.
But he has not closed the door on recommiting to Pitt. That’s the good news, but keep an eye on its shelf life.
The key is Keller Chryst’s timetable. It’s doubtful that Keller will prolong his decision, knowing Uncle Paul needs an answer as soon as possible so he can look elsewhere (perhaps back to Blackhawk, if Kincade is still available). Most people believe Keller won’t leave his uncle waiting too long.
Here’s the bottom line: With all these quarterback possibilities and a coach who knows how to groom them, the Pitt program should someday be in great shape behind center.