2014 kicker Cameron Gamble still has to get used to calling himself a LSU commit.
Gamble made the pledge to LSU coach Les Miles last Saturday, and even a week later he has to pause in conversation when he thinks about joining the team.
"I was talking to my little brother and his friend, who's a big LSU fan," Gamble said. "We were talking about their uniforms, and I realized that I said ‘we.' I stopped when I was talking to them and said ‘Wow. I just said ‘we.' I'm a part of LSU."
The Tigers were one of the teams Gamble grew up following, and he attended some games in Death Valley this past season. He also went to Junior Day in February as well as LSU's first kicking camp in June.
There he had an opportunity to kick for LSU special teams coach Thomas McGaughey. He told Gamble to stay in touch, and he heard from the LSU assistant again on July 13.
LSU had just wrapped up its second kicking camp of the summer, and McGaughey reached out to Gamble, who then found himself talking to the Tigers' head coach.
"Les Miles made the offer to me," Gamble said. "It was all really quick, a blur. I don't remember exactly what he said, but he told me they were interested in me and they wanted to offer me a full-ride scholarship. That's when I committed."
Gamble didn't hesitate, making his commitment to Miles before hanging up the phone.
"I was really excited about it," Gamble said. "I've wanted to go there for a long time…The combination of their academics and having a world-class football team, you can't really get that anywhere else."
Ranked as the No. 8 kicker in his class by Chris Sailer, Gamble has a powerful leg and excels in kickoffs. But he's more than just an off-a-tee kicker. He's nailed a 44-yarder in a game and several longer than 50 yards in practice.
"My wheelhouse is definitely my kickoffs and my strength," Gamble said. "But I'm also a very accurate field goal kicker, and I can kick them in the clutch. But kickoffs are my best attribute right now."
Like most kickers, Gamble has a background in soccer. He's played that sport most of his life, starting select soccer when he was eight. An attacking forward, Gamble also reached the varsity level for his high school this past season but gave up the select league in order to focus on football.
A native of Flower Mound — a Dallas suburb — hopes to attend several LSU games this season, including the opener against TCU at Cowboys Stadium. Aside from that, he'll devote most of his time to preparing for LSU.
"I'm definitely going to train some more, even after my high school season," Gamble said. "I'll probably be training even more to get prepped for LSU. Because when I get to LSU, I'm going to have to perform, even if I redshirt. I'll need to be able to perform as soon as I get there."
Gamble's still pinching himself
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