Ross Travis Sets Visits to Iowa, Penn State

Ross Travis was hoping the July evaluation period would open some doors in recruiting. It did and the 2011 forward from Minnesota has options. He'll take a look at two of those options in September when he travels to Penn State and Iowa. Find out the latest on Travis' recruitment in this update.

When Iowa offered Ross Travis a scholarship in early July, Hawkeye Coach Fran McCaffery told the 2011 forward that he was going to recruit him hard. He lived up to that promise.

"(Laughs) Oh yeah, definitely," Travis said. "They're using all their calls and I've been calling them. I talk to Coach McCaffery and my lead recruiter, Andrew Francis, quite a bit.

"They check in to see how I'm doing. I ask how they're doing. We talk about how our weeks are going. They keep telling me that they have special interest in me."

Travis was pleased with his month of July, a key evaluation time as college coaches flock to the AAU events. He picked up new scholarship offers from Iowa, Notre Dame and Penn State to go with Northern Iowa, Oregon State, Rice and Santa Clara.

"I think I had my best tournament at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis at the beginning of the month," Travis said. "I was hoping to have a big summer and get my name out there and I think I accomplished that."

Oklahoma State, Washington State, Colorado, Illinois State and Minnesota also have picked up their recruitment of Travis since July ended. The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder said his home state Golden Gophers have been paying him more attention than any other time in the process.

Travis has set one official visit. He planned a trip to Penn State the weekend of Sept. 18.

"I talked to their head coach (Ed DeChellis) after they offered and he said he watched every one of my games in Vegas," Travis said. "He got to see how I play and he likes it. I'm interested in their coaching staff and seeing what the East Coast is about. I've never been to the East Coast.

"They're a Big Ten school. It's a great conference. I want to see what they have to offer."

Travis set an unofficial visit to Iowa on the weekend of Sept. 11 for the Iowa State football game. He planned to set more trips in the coming weeks.

"After the July period, a lot of coaches went on vacation with their families," Travis said. "I'm waiting to hear back from some of them to see when they want me to come out."

Travis hopes to make his decision before his senior season in high school starts in late October. He also prefers to sign during the early period in November.

"I think that's when it will happen unless a school comes in late and I'm interested and want to take a visit," he said.

Travis does not claim a favorite for his services.

"I'm definitely wide open," he said. "I want to hear from some of the schools that were showing interest in July. I've not had a chance to talk to them yet. I want to keep my options open."

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