Starrs Mill Star Solid in Wolfpack Commitment

Talented punter/kicker Chris Ward gave a verbal pledge to NC State this past weekend and he talks more about his decision with inside.

A few days ago, Starrs Mill High kicker/punter Chris Ward ended his recruitment early when he gave a verbal commitment to North Carolina State.

Tuesday, Ward shared with what it was about the Wolfpack that made him want to commit to a program before the start of his senior year of high school football.

"I just really like their campus," Ward said via cell phone. "NC State special teams) coach (Jerry) Petercuskie is a great coach and I just felt the most comfortable with him and with what the school has to offer."

Ward plans on taking another look at his future school early next month.

"They start practice on July 31 so I am going to go see them sometime after that," Ward said.

As a junior last season, the 6-1, 170-pounder averaged 41.6 yards-per-punt while also starring on the Starrs Mill basketball and soccer squads.

His athleticism and ability to consistently kick the ball makes him one of the top special teams players on the east coast and one that more colleges may show interest in later this year.

But don't expect Ward to show any interest back.

"I am definitely going to NC State," he said. "I am not sure what other schools will look at me but I have a whole year still to play. But it doesn't matter because I am firm to NC State."

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