Lavar Batts (Nike/Jon Lopez)

Batts: "I Always Wanted To Go To State"

NC State picked up their first pledge of the 2017 recruiting class on Saturday, as four-star point guard Lavar Batts joined the fold.

Lavar Batts is the first verbal commitment of the Kevin Keatts era at NC State.

Batts, a senior at Concord (N.C.) Jay M Robinson, informed Scout of his decision Saturday morning.

"Ever since my sophomore year I loved State," Batts said. "I always wanted to go to State. After everything that happened I thought about it. I prayed about it and God brought it back in my life. He works in mysterious ways and this was the time he wanted it to happen."

Batts and Keatts had a prior relationship, as Keatts offered him a scholarship when he was at UNC-Wilmington. That prior relationship allowed this recruitment to move quickly.

"When I first found out about the possibility and went there I was like, 'Oh this is the place' and I told my parents this is where I want to be."

Keatts instilled a face paced, uptempo system at UNCW and Batts thinks he's a perfect fit for that style.

"That factors in a lot," Batts said when asked about their style of play. "I want to play up and down, uptempo and I don't like walking the ball up. I love pressure and full court defense. That's how he plays and I want to be apart of that."

Batt, who is known for his quickness, athleticism and energy on the defensive end, is regarded as a four-star prospect on Scout. 

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