NC State landed a big commitment on Thursday when Westlake (GA) star point guard Jamie Lewis verbally committed to the Wolfpack.
"I've committed to NC State," Lewis told Pack Pride. "They have a great coaching staff. Coach wants me to come in and have an impact my freshman season. I think I can come in and connect with the rest of the players, help them win. I feel welcome there, and they really welcomed me in.
"Coach Siddle and coach Keatts were recruiting me for them. I love those guys. When I went on my visit, that was my first time meeting them in person and we connected right away. They were down-to-earth and made me feel comfortable. They know how I want to play, what my goals are, and they are going to help me reach them."
Lewis visited NC State on Wednesday, a day prior to making his decision.
"It was a great visit," he said. "My family was with me, and they liked it too. They helped me make the decision. I just knew it was the right fit for me. I like that I'll be playing in a guard's system alongside other really good guards."
He has received offers from NC State, Wake Forest, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Baylor, Kansas, and Florida among others. Lewis admitted that he had cut his list to NC State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Baylor prior to making his decision.
"I liked all four schools," he stated. "Georgia Tech was recruiting me for a while now, and I'm very familiar with their coaching staff. NC State has a new coaching staff, but we connected right away. They are cool people... run a great system. At Wake Forest, I loved the point guard situation and the history there. Baylor, we had a good connection as well.
"Really, NC State was the right fit, and I'm relieved to be done with recruiting. It was a long process, but it was much-needed. I feel like now was a good time, going into my senior year. I was ready to finalize my decision so I can get healthy and focus on basketball."
Lewis is nursing a groin injury but hopes to return to the court soon. As a junior he averaged 15 points and eight assists for Westlake (GA) where he starred alongside his older brother, Danny Lewis, who signed with UCF.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard is rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com, but other recruiting services rank him as a four-star prospect.
Lewis is NC State's first prep commitment in the 2018 recruiting class.