Woolridge Taking His Game Down South

Renaldo Woolridge is off the board. The California forward is leaving his area and heading south to the SEC.

The Tennessee Volunteers won a recruiting battle on Thursday. Renaldo Woolridge, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of N. Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake selected the Vols over Georgetown and Southern Cal.

"Renaldo was torn between the 3 choices," Belmont Shore coach Dinos Trigonis said. "He slept on it and apparently decided on Tennessee. He liked all three places and it came down to the fact that he felt more comfortable with the program and the resources."

Woolridge, a steady riser through the spring and summer, is the son of former NBA standout Orlando Woolridge. Woolridge is ranked the No. 17 small forward in the nation by Scout.com.

"I think they see him as a scoring swingman in their system," Trigonis said. "He likes the fact they run up and down and he's very good in transition; he's going to get better."

Tennessee did an outstanding recruiting job to get this one done. Assistant Steve Forbes and Pearl, according to Trigonis, kept in constant contact during the process. Woolridge enjoyed the fact that the men's and women's teams at UT had strong relationships. Overall, the trip to Knoxville – with Elliot Williams and Chris Singleton – was a strong part of the decision process.

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