Hoops Target Laurent Set for Rutgers Visit

Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips small forward Jonathan Laurent has an official visit set to Rutgers, and discussed where his recruitment stands in a conversation with Scout.

It may not be a new offer, but it certainly felt like one for Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips small forward Jonathan Laurent when it comes to Rutgers.

A long-time prospect on head coach Eddie Jordan’s radar, Laurent received word of his scholarship offer last week in roundabout fashion.

“I already had it but I didn’t really know because they were so vague about offering me,” Laurent said. “Corey Sanders texted me about if I’m committing and I told him I wasn’t sure I had an offer yet. He texted the coaches and then the coach called me to make sure I knew it was an official offer. They said they really wanted me.”

Laurent officially visits Rutgers March 27, and hopes to get his other official visits done before mid-April to make a decision. He named Rutgers, Tennessee and Toledo as the three schools on him the hardest.

Rutgers is his next official visit, and it marks his first trip to campus.

“I’m just looking for a comfortable atmosphere where I feel like I can succeed,” Laurent said. “I want to see how my teammates are and how comfortable I feel. I’m looking for a good lifestyle and seeing their arena. It’s an important visit.”

Laurent opted against an early signing period decision, unlike Sanders. The four-star guard signed with the Scarlet Knights last year, and remains in touch with Laurent.

“I know Corey pretty well,” he said. “I’ve known him since, I would say, freshman year. He’s a fun guy to play with. We’ve been talking for a while now. Corey was the one that got the coaches to start recruiting me again from Rutgers. Corey told their coaches that I was still available. It would be good because I know him and know he’s a good player.”

When it comes to Rutgers, Laurent has another connection in 2016 football commit Jonathan Pollock – a three-star linebacker who attends Dr. Phillips.

“We have sixth period together, so he’s in my ear all of the time,” Laurent said. “He’s really excited about Rutgers since he committed there, and he’s painted a very positive picture of them. It feels like I’ve seen Rutgers already because of him.”

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