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Pack Lands A Pair of Commitments Last Night

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:32pm
By: Brian Geisinger

Hold on ... is that? Wait ... yes, I believe it's back: the #REDLIGHT is back on at Carter-Finley Stadium, you guys!

Last night brought some light to what's been a turbulent season in Raleigh for the Wolfpack. Dave Doeren and company landed two key commitments.

The first - Kyle Bambard, a kicker from Walled Lake, Michigan - appears to be the heir to the Nik Sade Throne (yes, that's a thing, trust me). From the looks of things, the Pack got a good one, too. ESPN has Bambard rated as a three-star recruit, and the No. 12 kicker in the 2014 class.

Bambard, who also punts for is high school team, has had a very decorated high school career (he was all-state last season as both a kicker and a punter). According to the Kohl Kicking Camp, Bambard has solid range, and has been a perfect 21 of 21 on extra points during his senior season.

The 5-9, 175-pound kicker told Pack Pride that coaching staff wants to take advantage of his athleticism when he gets on campus.

Josh Jones - a former three-star safety, who's currently a freshman on State's roster - played high school ball with Bambard. The relationship between the two old high school teammates influenced Bambard's recruitment: "Jones went down there and had great things to say about it."

Bambard knows that State is struggling this season, but he believes the program has big potential: "I went down there for a camp this summer and absolutely loved it. The football facilities themselves are top notch, the top in country. They may be struggling this year, but they're on the rise."

Here are highlights of Bambard at the aforementioned Kohl's Kicking Camp, check here:

The second verbal came from Florida: Stephen Louis - a two-star wide receiver from West Palm Beach.

247Sports.com has Louis pegged as the No. 277 WR in the 2014 class. Louis has a nice combination of size and speed; the 6-2, 195-pound flanker has been clocked with a 40-yard sprint time of 4.4 seconds.

The Wolfpack initially offered Louis back in May, but over the summer, he committed to Western Michigan. He took his official visit to State's campus the first week of November - the weekend the Wolfpack played UNC. He de-committed just a few days after the visit to Raleigh, and announced his commitment to Doeren's program last night - Nov. 18.

In the end, Louis chose the Pack over West Virginia, Arkansas, Minnesota, Ball State, Central Florida and, of course, WEstern Michigan.  

According to Louis, the prospect of immediate playing time drew him to the ACC. He told the Palm Beach Post: "I have a chance to make an instant impact and I just loved it out there."

Louis has had a solid senior season in 2013. In the last game of his prep career on Nov. 8, Louis rushed for a career-best 244 yards and three touchdowns.

For highlights of his senior season, check out Louis' Hudl profile.