Walled Lake Western's Kyle Bambard is going to play his college pigskin in the ACC at N.C. State. Bambard, an all-state placekicker, committed to the Wolf Pack on Monday. While a prepster, Bambard wowed as a quarterback as well.(Oakland Press file photo)
FOOTBALL RECRUITING: WLW's Bambard has patience rewarded, commits to N.C. State
WALLED LAKE – The wait was long and hard, not one you would expect for such a rare talent.
In the end though, it was well worth it.
Following waiting over a year for just the right college football scholarship offer, Walled Lake Western star senior Kyle Bambard finally found his home at the next level this week.
Think: Wolf-blood infusion.
Bambard, considered one of the best placekickers in the entire country, committed to North Carolina State Monday afternoon, in the wake of picking up his first offer from a BCS school.
“It’s the best feeling in the whole world,” said Bambard after pledging his intent to come on board with the Wolf Pack of the Atlantic Coast Conference. “A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Now I can get back to the grind and focus on solely on doing what I have to do to be ready when I get to campus in a few months.”
Over the past three seasons, Bambard established himself a multi-threat on the gridiron with few equals in the ranks of the state. A first-team all-league selection at quarterback the past two years, he tabulated more than 6,000 yards of total offense in between the 2012 and 2013 campaigns, guiding Western to league (2013) and district (2012) titles. As a sophomore in 2011, he assumed the reins under center late in the season and led the Warriors on a run into the Division 2 final four.
We haven’t even gotten to his leg yet, which is like a rocket launcher. Throughout the course of the last three years, he’s booted his share of clutch and lengthy field goals. He kicked a 46-yarder to beat South Lyon 3-0 in the 2011 district final and a 54-yarder to force overtime in the state semifinals versus Lowell two weeks later.
For whatever reason, Bambard’s recruiting process was slow. He had lots of offers to go play quarterback at Division III programs, but had very few Division I and II schools looking at him.
His first Division I offer didn’t come until late last month when Air Force offered him, giving him a chance to kick and serve his country.
He still wanted to see what more was out there, so he waited.
And when North Carolina State called him up Monday to offer him a scholarship and a chance to compete for a starting job right away, he jumped at the opportunity.
“I’m excited to join the Wolf Pack family,” he said. “I didn’t need a lot of time to make a decision, I knew that was where I wanted to go,” he said.
North Carolina State (3-7 this fall) is quite familiar with Western’s football program. The Wolf Pack snared Warriors defensive back Josh Jones last year.