LSU committ Gbadyu talks about visit

There has been some talk around the LSU community that Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard linebacker Bani Gbadyu was unhappy with the commitment he gave Les Miles over the summer.

Gbadyu (6-1, 210, 4.6) was in town for his official visit last weekend and Tiger Rag caught up with him to see how the trip went.

"It went great," Gbadyu told Tiger Rag. "It opened up my eyes to like them even more."

This was the second time Gbadyu had a chance to be at LSU counting the three days he spent on campus over the summer. That experience was enough for him to give the Tigers his pledge but it could not top what he saw on his latest trip.

"That stadium was unbelievable," he said. "I couldn't hear anything. I was sitting right next to Charles Scott and he couldn't even hear me talking to him. Tiger Town was crazy that night. The best part of my visit was being in that stadium and I hear it gets much worst at night."

So what about the rumors of him de-committing?

"I didn't de-commit or anything like that," he said. "I talked to coach Miles and I told him I wanted to just make sure I was making the right choice because it is the most important decision of my life. I told him there was a couple of schools that I want to visit just to make sure LSU is the best school for me. I told him I'll probably visit Penn State, Georgia and maybe Virginia Tech and Tennessee."

Some coaches do not make a big deal out of committed players wanting to take other visits but Miles has publicly stated that he does not like that idea.

Was he okay with Gbadyu's plans?

"He wasn't really okay with it but he respected me for the fact that I want to make the best decision," Gbadyu said. "No coach really wants their players to visit other schools but he wants it to be a win-win situation for both of us."

One reason Miles may be making an exception in this case is because Gbadyu's father is going to move with his son so he can be close to him for his college years. New Orleans was going to be his new home but Hurricane Katrina has altered those plans.

Gbadyu said being able to relocate to New Orleans will not be the deciding factor in whether or not he attends LSU but he has to take his father's future into account.

"My dad is the most important thing in my life so I have to make sure he is happy too," Gbadyu said. "He is my role model and I love him a lot. I want to make sure he can find a good job and buy a nice house and all of that. But, there are other parts of Louisiana he can live and be close to me to where it will all work out."

So now the question on every Tiger fan's mind is does Gbadyu still consider himself an LSU Tiger?

"Oh yea, definitely," he said. "Without a doubt, I am probably the biggest LSU fan out there. I still see myself as a Tiger more than ever."

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