Laurent Makes Call for Rutgers

Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips small forward Jonathan Laurent made his verbal commitment Thursday and is set for Big Ten action. Laurent committed to Rutgers shortly after an official visit, and detailed the decision in a conversation with Scout.

It was an easy decision for Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips forward Jonathan Laurent after an official visit to Rutgers.

Laurent becomes the fourth commitment in coach Eddie Jordan's 2015 recruiting class. He decided and informed the coaching staff Thursday after he discussed a recent visit with family and friends.

"I feel like a lot of weight is off my shoulders," Laurent said. "I'm ready to get into the gym and work toward next year. I felt like Rutgers was the best situation for my playing-wise and school-wise. I feel like I can come in and make an impact there and be a big pickup for them."

Laurent held double-digit offers, but said the Scarlet Knights sold him following his first trip to New Jersey.

The 6-foot-5 prospect plans to sign with Rutgers this month, where he helps replace the departures at small forward of Malick Kone, Junior Etou and Kerwin Okoro.

"That was one of the big reasons I committed," Laurent said. "I feel like I can get a lot of playing time, and a chance to start there. We'll see. It depends on me putting in work this summer to get ready."

Laurent joins guard Corey Sanders, guard Justin Goode and forward Kejuan Johnson in the class of 2015 with two more scholarships available for the class.

"Me and Corey have a good relationship, we can be a dual-threat for them," Laurent said. "... Going there knowing that I'll be close with people feels good. I made good friends up there. Some of the people at the school were great. Going in with people from Florida feels good, knowing people from my area like Rutgers too.'

Laurent is the second recent commitment for Rutgers athletics out of Dr. Phillips, where the football program practiced for the 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl. Coach Kyle Flood holds a verbal commitment from 2016 linebacker Jonathan Pollock, who enrolls at Rutgers in January.

"I'm physical," Laurent said. "I'm a good rebounder for my position. I'm a play-maker. I'm a good slasher. I can make open shots, but I need to work on my ball-handling and my shot consistency. I defend from the one through the three, so I'm a physical wing and I feel good in the open court. I'm ready to compete."

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