They began from last Thursday and lasted until Sunday. They were in-home visits for one of the country’s top prospects – center/power forward prospect Vernon Goodridge .
“I’ve had Georgetown, Mississippi State, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Virginia and Illinois in my home,” Goodridge said. “UConn was supposed to come on Sunday, but they called and cancelled for some reason.”
The 6-9, 220-pound Lutheran Christian (Philadelphia, PA) star has scholarship offers from all of the schools who made in-homes. From Virginia, Head Coach Pete Gillen and Assistant Coach Walt Fuller visited Goodridge.
“They were talking about academics a lot because my Mom is really interested in academics,” Goodridge said. “I want to get a good education too. They also talked about basketball stuff, how I fit in their program and how they could help me become a better player.”
Virginia is right in the mix to receive an official visit. Setting up official visits is the next step for one of the nation’s top overall prospects.
“Yeah I do want to set some up, but I’m not sure yet who I’m going to visit,” Goodridge said. “I have everything down on paper. Me and my Mom will probably figure out this week where I’ll visit. It’ll probably be from the teams that visited me.”
Are there any favorites for Goodridge?
“Nobody’s a favorite right now,” Goodridge said. “I don’t even know if I’ll decide in November. I’m just taking this one day at a time.”
It seems no school truly separated themselves over the past few days, although everyone should find out soon where Goodridge will make his official visits.
“They all seemed cool,” Goodridge said, referring to the coaches he met. “They were all easy going guys. I just want to be comfortable and get along with my teammates. That’s the situation I think I need to be in to grow as a person and as a player.”
Stay tuned to see where Goodridge will set his official visits, as it could be this week. A 5-star prospect, he is very likely one of the top targets for each of the remaining schools.
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