Travis Talks PSU, Switching to Iowa Official

Ross Travis, a 2011 small forward, is getting down to crunch time in the recruiting process. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the Chaska, MN product to find out about his official visit to Penn State and an upcoming trip to Iowa. He also speaks about his favorites in this update.

Ross Travis has made it official…his visit to Iowa that is.

The 2011 forward from Chaska, MN, had been planning an unofficial visit to Iowa this coming weekend. With homecoming at his high school conflicting with that trip, he switched to Oct. 1. He also wanted the red carpet treatment of the official.

"Yeah, I originally didn't want to use an official on a school closer to home, but I wanted to be able to compare it to my other officials," Travis said of the Iowa visit.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound small forward officially visited Penn State last weekend.

"I really didn't know what to expect," Travis said. "I knew the football game was going to be something with all those people. But I was really pleased with the basketball side of it. I felt real comfortable with the coaches. They all get along really well."

After watching a women's volleyball match with the Nittany Lion basketball players on Friday night, Travis saw what he expected at the football game.

"It was crazy," he said. "There were people everywhere. We got to come out of the tunnel. We stood on the field and watched it fill up. It was pretty amazing."

After the football game, Travis headed to the Bryce Jordan Center to watch the basketball team scrimmage.

"Probably would I liked the most is that their point guards are unselfish," Travis said. "They pushed the ball up the floor and run, which I like, and they find the open man. As a three, I like that."

Nittany Lion 2011 Point Guard Commitment Trey Lewis shared the visit with Travis.

"We got along real well," Travis said. "It was nice to get to know the guy I would be playing with. I also got a chance to see him play and I was excited about his game."

Penn State Coach Ed Dechellis gave Travis an idea about his role if he chose the Lions.

"They have two small forwards that are seniors," Travis said. "I think it was clear that if I worked hard and was dedicated, I have a chance to play right away."

Travis said that Penn State and Iowa stand out as his favorites right now. He's getting some interest from USC but is concerned about their NCAA sanctions. He's also hearing from Memphis and Minnesota, although the latter has been out of contact for the last two or three weeks, he said.

"(The Golden Gophers) had told me that they were waiting on some paper work for a foreign player that plays my position and that if that fell through they were coming after me," Travis said. "I think his paperwork got through. They said they were still going to recruit me, but I haven't heard from them in a while."

Travis heard from Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery and assistant Andrew Francis last week. They stopped by his house for an in-home visit.

"We talked a lot about academics and what the plan was for my official visit," Travis said.

Francis spoke with Travis on the phone right before I did tonight (Monday).

"I have a real good relationship with Coach McCaffery, Coach Francis and Coach (Sherman) Dillard," he said. "At least one of them was at almost every one of my games this summer. They got a chance to evaluate me and decided to offer.

"Now, we're just getting to know each other. They're showing me love and support by calling and visiting."

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