It’s finally over. After a drawn out recruitment, Vernon Goodridge put an end to it all and verbally pledged his services to Mississippi State, according to his mother Patricia Glasgow. The nation’s top center gives the SEC a big shot in the arm, rounding out a superb recruiting class on the eve of the early signing period.
Goodridge, the No. 24 ranked player in the class of 2005, called Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury and became the fourth player to pledge to the school this season.
He joins Monta Ellis, one of the top scoring guards in the country, and twins Richard and Reginald Delk. Goodridge, who stars at Philadelphia Lutheran, picked the Bulldogs over Georgetown.
“He made a lot of sense why he wanted to go to Mississippi State. He said number on, my best friend goes there (Gary Ervin) and two, they have all of their good big men going pro,” Glasgow said.
“He said ‘I can go in there as the big guy.’ I listened very carefully and I have to leave him alone with that. It’s a good decision for him and if he feels that why, no matter what school he goes to I got to support him no matter what.”
His mother made it no secret that she wanted her son to go to Georgetown based on the relationship she formed with assistant coach Kevin Broadus. But Goodridge wanted to move south for hoops.
“It’s not me going to the school for the next four years,” mom said. “I know I have to trust and support him.”
Goodridge was one of the most sought after big men in the country. Nearly every school wanted to bring the center in to hold down the middle for their respective programs.
“I bought a 30 gallon container to put all of his letters in,” Glasgow said. “I may not get everything in there.”
Now mom has to find a place to finally store the container.