Goodridge, opening the process back up ?

He's one of the top low post players still on the board in the class of 2005, and his recruitment has unfolded in a strange and meandering manner. There are still many questions to be answered about where Vernon Goodridge will play his college ball and whom he is considering, but right now the 6-foot-9 230 pounder is trying to make sense of everything and sift through his options.

"There's a lot of confusion right now," said Vernon Goodridge. "And I just want to get that taken care of."

The Brooklyn native narrowed his options to Pittsburgh and Georgetown recently. However, that doesn't mean that things are set in stone.

"I'm considering opening the process back up," said Goodridge.

Darryl Schofield, Vernon's coach at Lutheran Christian, believes that this is what may ultimately happen. And considering that Vernon has expressed an interest in playing with his high school and AAU teammate Stefon Jackson at the college level, that could add another dynamic to the recruitment.

"What might happen is that he could open it back up," said Schofield. "Who ever is recruiting Stefon Jackson could hit the jackpot (and land Goodridge)."

"I like playing with (Jackson)," said Goodridge. "We had a lot of fun playing together this summer (with the Gym Rats)."

Right now, neither Pitt nor Georgetown is involved with Jackson. Stefon has visits lined up at USC, UTEP, and Providence the next three weekends, and has elicited interest from the likes of Seton Hall, Ilinois, and Arizona, among others.

Pittsburgh recently secured a verbal commitment from 6-foot-6 power forward Sam Young. Goodridge does not see this as any kind of obstacle in the program's recruitment of him, however.

"He's 6'7'', and I'm 6'10''- big difference," said Goodridge. "They're recruiting him as a three, and me as a four."

There had been rumblings that LaSalle had crept into the race for Goodridge, as well. While the Atlantic 10 program, with new coach John Giannini, did inquire, Vernon said that he is not currently considering them.

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