RIVERSIDE – When Will Kincanon had a breakout junior year and a strong summer to follow, more and more college programs gave the Riverside Brookfield pitcher attention.
Ultimately, it was one of the first schools to recruit Kincanon that will see the RB star take the mound in their colors.
Kincanon committed to Middle Tennessee State earlier this week. He said the school, and specifically pitching coach Skyler Meade, has been recruiting him the longest.
"He started recruiting me before everybody else before everybody knew about me," Kincanon said. "I kind of blew up a little bit because I went to showcases.”
MTSU is located in Murfreesboro, about 35 miles southeast of Nashville. The location of the school also played a factor in Kincanon's decision.
“I definitely like the area around the school in Nashville," he said. “I like Nashville a lot. There’s a lot of things to do there. That was big for me.”
On the mound during the spring, Kincanon emerged as one of the top pitchers in the state. He was named to the Class 3A All-State team by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association after leading the Bulldogs to the Metro Suburban Conference title, a regional championship and a school record for wins in a season (32).
As Kincanon's profile grew, the recruiting attention picked up. He admitted that the attention is good at first, but it can become stressful. Kincanon was happy to make his decision early to finish the process before his senior year of high school started.
“Really, it’s relieving," Kincanon said. "It was definitely a tough decision, but it’s good to have it behind me.
"I just wanted to get it over with before I started senior season for baseball and everything so I have it off my chest. I feel like it was the best place for me even though I was really considering Kansas State and Creighton. I felt it was the right time so I got the scholarship and I committed.”
The Blue Raiders went 28-28 this past spring and held an 11-19 record in the Sun Belt. The school made the switch to Conference USA and will begin play in that league starting this fall.
Kincanon said playing in a respected conference while having the chance to play right away sealed the deal for him.
“One thing that was big in my process was if I was going to have a spot right away," he said. "I think there I’m going to have a weekend starting spot right when I get on campus.”