Goodridge Settling Into Final List

Vernon Goodridge, a 6-foot-9 center out of Philadelphia by way of New York, is one of the most talked about names on the circuit this summer. He's slowly trimming the fat from his school list.

Philadelphia (Pa.) Lutheran is the home to 6-foot-9 center Vernon Goodridge. The native of New York will make his debut on our Class of 2005 list in the Top 30 next week. This week, he's been working on trimming his college list.

We understand that Goodridge is likely to take an unofficial visit to Seton Hall on Wednesday. The Pirates are hoping to move into position to get an official visit from him.

We spoke with Goodridge early this week and he relayed a list of Connecticut, Georgetown, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech and Florida State. So far, he's been to UConn and Georgetown on unofficial visits.

Goodridge said that school begins at Lutheran on Sept. 14 so he can't take official visits until then. Still, programs are pushing to get him onto campus.

"Mississippi State, they just want to get me down on a visit and show me around the campus to get me more interested," Goodridge said.

While Goodridge could wind up anywhere from the South to the Northeast, he shared his thoughts on staying close to home. "It's good to be not too far but not too close to home in case something happened," Goodridge said. "A little while ago I got some news that a cousin died. If something like that happens it's good to be able to get back home or to school quick."

Though there was some talk that Mississippi State was close to getting Goodridge in the final week of July. That proved to be idle speculation and right now it would appear that his recruitment will go full term until later in the fall.

"I have to take some officials just to see how everything is like when school is going on and everything. School has to be in session."

From a development standpoint, Goodridge has the tools to work with. Right now he's a big time shot blocker. He's more defensive oriented and has explosion, rebounding prowess and a presence inside. Offensively, Goodridge knows he has to get better. In fact, he's shown flashes of applying what he learned at some camps later in July.

"It's going to come. I don't worry about it. If I can stop somebody from scoring, to me that's good. If I can keep my man from scoring, that's good. If I have 10 points and he don't have anything, that's better. My defense isn't going anywhere and my offense can only better."

And that's why he'll be among the highest rated prospects in the Class of 2005.

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