Jermaine Lawrence Injured, But Nearing College Decision

By SEVE COUSINS

Special to ZAGSBLOG

SPARTA, N.J. — It’s Saturday night in this small town and 6-foot-10 Jermaine Lawrence can be easily recognized walking into the gym at Pope John XIII High School for the first annual Living Hope Festival to Benefit Cancer Research.

Lawrence walks over to join his teammates, shaking hands with students and faculty as if he were a politician.

Eventually, the Pope John players head into the locker room, leaving Lawrence in the stands by himself.

Lawrence has yet to play a game this season after undergoing surgery on his hand and could miss another two weeks. He sat in street clothes as his team lost to New Haven (Conn.) James Hillhouse High, 56-51.

“It’s been hard,” Lawrence told SNY.tv during an exclusive interview before the game.

“I’ve been sitting out since September. It’s been real nerve-racking not knowing what’s going to happen, but it’s been good to watch my team really compete against highly-rated teams.”

The forward from Springfield Gardens, N,Y. is one of the most talented players left on the board, along with Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon, all of whom will sign sometime after April 17.

Lawrence is considering St. Johns, Cincinnati and UNLV. Having already taken official visits to Cincinnati and UNLV, Lawrence will take one last visit to St. John’s sometime soon. No date has been set but sometime soon after the visit he plans on making a decision in February.

“St. John’s is close by home, the coaching staff is cool,” he said. “I like their style of play. They get up and down and their power forwards have freedom.”

On UNLV: “UNLV. they get up and down and play at a fast pace. The coaches are cool, the weather is nice and they have great support from their fans.”

On Cincinnati: “Cincinnati, the coaching staff is real cool. They’ve been keeping in touch with me since my sophomore year. I like the way they use their forwards and they’re a tough team. There’s nothing better than playing with a tough team.”

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117 comments
Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

He's the most underrated player in the league and the most overrated player on Jets. It looks like these two things aren't mutually exclusive... 

marcus81
marcus81

this is the problem with Rex, he gives players big heads and when it's time resign them, they say Rex said I was the best at my position in the league, to an extent that's what happened with Revis, Harris is a good player with no speed and that's about it.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Too bad Rex didn't call Stephen Hill and Clyde Gares top 100 wide receivers.....


lol....



Top 500 maybe......errr......(ducks)

Pat d
Pat d

David Harris made the top 200 players list. Just where he belongs.

harold
harold

Rex:

You are delusional.  In no way is David Harris a top 100 player in the NFL.  He likely not a top 40 Linebacker in the NFL.  Let alone a top 100 overall player.

Rex do us all a favor and just be quiet.  thanks

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Rex is really feeling his oats lately.  Too much.

He spoke more in this last week than all last season.  I don't believe in the "taking pressure off the players" nonsense.

Every team is 0-0 at this minute.  

Let the team do your talking.

I doubt if the Pats are bringing in grief counselors to handle their "fear" of the Jets.



jsadolph
jsadolph

Wow,  Chris Snee is retiring.  That can't help their O-Line.  And they are replacing him with John Jerry who was involved with the Bulling case last yr in Mia. and he is coming off of a knee injury himself and has missed all of OTA and camps.

I will take our Guard situation anyday over theirs.

greggreen
greggreen

depending on how this season goes i might want to resign harrison over harris. If i had to choose one or the other

lindro88
lindro88

@Tequila Joe  So Rex is just spouting off nonsense?  Or does he really believe it.  If he really believes it, and Rex can clearly spot and coach talent on that side of the ball, does that mean that you see the real David Harris and Rex doesn't?  I'm not being sarcastic, I really don't know.  I assumed David was slipping a bit as he got older

bradysucks
bradysucks

But you don't need speed to be a good LB....lol

Yeah....Rex is a meathead...Facts are just inconveniences for Rexy...but I gotta admit I like David Harris....especially the David Harris from 2007-2009

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Lloyd Jay Reife 

I thought they have proved that Hernandez's motive for going on a killing spree was to not have to face the Jets twice a year. 

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Brendan 

It's nice to see Boss Hogg rated that high, but what is it graphing.  I don't see a discription, just overall grade.


Bent
Bent moderator

@jsadolph "That can't help their O-Line."  


It doesn't hurt it much either to be honest.

Brendan
Brendan

@jsadolph This was the worst kept secret in Giant Land. 


He only played 3 games last year, so I think the team brought in Jerry expecting him to start or at least play a handful of games. 


That OL is trash, Eli is going to come out of this season mumbling like a boxer who has taken one too many shots to the head. 

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

@greggreen You have to go with Snacks over Harris at this point in their careers. It's a no-brainer. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@greggreen That's a no brainer, but ultimately they have flexibility with Harrison because he's only an RFA and I don't think this will be an either/or situation because they could afford both for next year easily if that's what they choose to do.

Bent
Bent moderator

@UncleJoesJetFarm 


600 names on a petition is a drop in the water?


Says the guy who runs fan polls to test the pulse of Jets nation with like six responses.

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm Put your pom-poms away, Joseph. 


If only you rooted for the Jets the way you root for Cimini you'd be their new Superfan. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@a57se


I don't see the purpose of Rex talking now before camp. It serves no benefit for the Jets.  Other teams are  getting free motivation from him even before their physicals.  

Brendan
Brendan

@jsadolph Sorry, it's from PFF's most recent article. Those are the rookie PFF grades for interior DL. X-axis is total snaps, Y-axis is the score. So, THE BOSS is the best performer that they charted, combining the two. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Truth. But what they did lose is the guy they could go to every year to restructure his deal to shake loose some cash. 

jsadolph
jsadolph

@UncleJoesJetFarm @jsadolph 

Wow, not a negitive thing at all. Lets see how long it will take for his positivity to wear off.  I give it less than a week. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@greggreen @Bent Yep, Harrison is an RFA and Ellis is a UFA at the end of the year.

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi @Bent @greggreen Priority number one, but the money is there to make that happen, hopefully with an extension that starts next year.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi They technically can franchise Mo next year if they want. But yeah, extending him is priority #1 after this season, I would think. 

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm Could've fooled me. You seem to get way more excited for a Cimini article than you do a Jets win. Or maybe it's equal. But anyone who takes this much joy in Cimini posting a new article is some kind of sadist. 

greggreen
greggreen

@Bent @greggreen well have the luxury of ellis as a backup might be over after this season. I could see a team in need paying him starter money. 

levi
levi

@Bent  I dont think a lot of people who wanted a FA spending spree earlier this year realized just how much money they will need to keep some of the more important players on the team with a bunch of contracts coming up.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @levi Mo is under contract next year.  It's the year after they'd be able to franchise him. 


Shouldn't imagine it will come to that.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@a57se @Brendan @Lloyd Jay Reife 

If you are talking about your own team then I don't see the problem with it.

The only time I can see it becoming poster material is when you start talking about other teams.(see Paper Bag Sandwich)


Brendan
Brendan

@a57se So you want to widen the scope to include the playoff prediction? 


Do you think teams are going to ramp up the emotion to play the Bills? Because they've had a similar prediction come out from Buffalo. 


This idea that teams will play harder against the Jets to prevent them from making the playoffs is pretty unfounded. Do you think a team in Week 10 will care what Rex said in May? Unless they've got a childish way of holding a grudge, it's unlikely. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@greggreen @Bent


Someone should, definitely.


In fact, underused guy who hasn't proven himself as a full time starter but let's give him $4-5m and hope for the best seems like the kind of move Tannenbaum might have made if someone was performing like Ellis on another team.

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi @Bent We did have a pretty big spending spree though and we still could next year even after resigning everyone, if the cap goes up as anticipated.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Oops, mistake on my part. They executed the option year, which is next season, this year. This is what I get for trying to quit coffee cold turkey. 

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm Of course you did, because we need more idiots who can't cover the salary cap properly being the viewed as the #1 Jets reporter by the rest of the country. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@Brendan @a57se

You guys are right in the time and specificity of Rex's comments.  You also know he's not through yet.

That could be the problem.

greggreen
greggreen

@Bent @greggreen that kind of thinking did work in the past. Jenkins comes to mind, short lived as it was

greggreen
greggreen

@Brendan @Bent probably because the papers have made it seem like the wilkerson contract is a BIG deal. when its not at all. Under contract for 2 more years with the ability to franchise 

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Brendan @UncleJoesJetFarm 

Exactly. Whether we like it or not, ESPN is the Biggest sports information site out there.  So if we have to put a face on our team, I would like it to be someone that actually likes the team.

The rest of the country has no problem piling on the Jets.  We don't need someone adding fuel to the fire. 

bklyndude
bklyndude

@Lloyd Jay Reife @Brendan @a57se

I used to cringe when I heard Rex making bold predictions about the Jets.  I've come to understand this is how Rex motivates his team and gets them to run through a wall for him.

Rex typically gets his teams to achieve more than most analysts predict.  Last year Rex got as much out of that team as any coach could have.  

With the nice additions to this years team, he's getting them all raring to go before mini camp.  I don't see the harm in getting your team all fired up.

Brendan
Brendan

@Lloyd Jay Reife That's true, maybe he has some more goodies in store for us.


As long as he keeps it in-house the leaguewide backlash will be minimal. If he starts ripping opposing teams that's when he gets into real trouble. 


Saying you're going to win the SB is a lot different than saying you'll make the playoffs, so he's still dialed back from where he once was. If he can keep it in this zone without going overboard I see no harm in it. But we'll see if Rex is capable of doing that. 

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm He is consistently inaccurate when it comes to statistics and his annual "start a riot over the salary cap" act is misleading and immoral. 


Don't act like him lying or being wrong is me being touchy. That's not "constructive criticism," that's inciting a controversy to generate page clicks. 


Cimini could be a good reporter, but he chooses not to be. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@Brendan 


You're right because the playoffs are generic and involves two conferences and numerous teams.  Predicting a SB win is narrowing it to one, the Jets. (In Rex's case).  That could ruffle some feathers.

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 That's about the only thing that makes sense with the way he behaves. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@greggreen @BDarc23 @Bent He was the number #1 DT in the NFL the year before we got him.


Maybe it's more of a Bradway thing than a Tanny thing.  McCareins, Jolley and Blaylock fit this mold.  


I guess TJ and (although we didn't seal the deal) Miles Austin were two Tannenbaum guys that were somewhat similar.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@UncleJoesJetFarm @a57se 

Your a good guy Joey.  Everyone is entitled to there own ridiculous opinions(I know I have plenty of my own).  It's amazing how you keep a positive attitude though all the toture you get for your Crimini liking.  Very commendable.