FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As one of the nation’s top-ranked programs, St. Thomas Aquinas has its cupboards stocked with talent. So far, the Raiders are putting together an unblemished record at 5-0 and senior running back Jaxson Kincaide has stepped up his game as a focal point of the STA offense.
“I feel like I’ve had my chance to actually shine and showcase my talents this year,” Kincaide told Today’s U. “I’m very thankful for it… I am more of an elusive back. I am definitely move the pile if I need that first down.”
After five games, Kincaide is averaging a little over nine yards per carry and is a driving force behind Aquinas’ running game. As a result of his big senior campaign, Kincaide, who stands 5’9” and 185-pounds, picked up his second offer from Southern Illinois on Wednesday.
Extremely thankful to receive my second offer from Southern Illinois! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/7DG2k5Gtke
— CINCO5⃣ (@JaxsonKincaide) September 30, 2015
“My recruitment has actually picked up a lot after the Hallandale game,” Kincaide said. “I’ve been talking to FAU, I just got offered by Southern Illinois yesterday. I have an offer from FAMU and I got that right before spring before I got injured. I’ve been talking to Utah State and Jacksonville State.”
With the prevalent role that social media plays in recruiting nowadays, Kincaide found out about his most recent offer in a less then conventional fashion.
“I found out about it from Sleeper Athletes on Twitter,” Kincaide said. “I got tagged in a post and I DM’d the coach and he told me I deserved it and that I’m his guy. I was just thankful for it that my name is actually getting out this year.”
According to his HUDL profile, Kincaide runs a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, an impressive metric for any high school senior. As an elusive back, Kincaide has received college interest at running back thanks to his acceleration and ability to maneuver in small spaces.
FAU has shown quite a bit of interest so far and Kincaide plans to take a trip to campus later in the season.
“I’m planning to go to FAU soon since they’re right down the street from me,” Kincaide said. “I was also planning on maybe going to Jacksonville State.”
The recruiting trail can be a confusing place for many prospects but Kincaide already has a good idea of what factors he will be paying close attention to on his visit.
“I just want to see what the coaches are really about,” Kincaide said. “How team practice is and how they play in adversity and how they stick together as a family. I’m open-minded really right now. I just want to experience a lot more things before I really narrow it down.”
In terms of his recruitment as a whole, Kincaide would love to hear from his favorite school as a child: the Miami Hurricanes.
“I’m actually watching the U right now,” Kincaide said on Thursday night. “Miami, that’s my team right there. I’ve been a Miami fan ever since I could remember.
“[An offer] would be amazing. That would be a dream come true.”
For the rest of the season, Kincaide plans to improve on the impressive tape that he is compiled so far as the Raiders continue the journey toward a perfect season.
“I feel like if the line continues to do what they’ve been doing and everyone continues to block how they’re supposed to then we will do a pretty good job,” Kincaide said.
Kincaide and his teammates had a bye this Friday, but St. Thomas Aquinas will face Deerfield on the road next week.