"Coach (Dan) Mullen came to see me and we had a great visit," Gooden said. "He is trying to get me up there for an official visit next weekend. I am thinking about going up there and thinking about finalizing some things.
"LSU is wanting me to come visit them next weekend too, so I am going to have to make a decision about where I want to visit next weekend. It's a big decision."
Gooden is no stranger to Starkville. The three star talent has spent more time in Davis Wade stadium than most Bulldog season ticket holders.
"I went to every Mississippi State home game except the Alabama game," Gooden said. "I always have a good time when I go down there. I just feel at home over there. I like LSU too. I have enjoyed myself when I have been down there too."
Several schools have shown serious interest in Gooden, but the Bulldogs and Tigers have remained constants throughout the recruiting process. Having to disappoint one coaching staff is going to be a difficult undertaking for the personable Gooden.
"I really have to think about what I want to do and where I want to go before I take this visit." Gooden said. "They both want me to come and see them, so I just need to take some time to think about everything. I just need to talk things over and make a decision."
While many other prospect have nearly two months to deliberate about their college destination, Gooden is preparing to make his selection in the next few weeks.
"I will probably have a decision in the next couple of weeks," Gooden said. "After I think about everything and take the visit, I feel like I will be ready to make my decision. It's a big decision and I want to be sure about everything."
Gooden tabbed Mississippi State as his leader a few weeks back and the Bulldogs appear to hold the inside track, but the dominate edge rusher has not yet been persuaded to make the call.
Mississippi State and LSU lead the pack of reported offers from Alabama, Illinois, Ole Miss, Penn State and Texas A&M among others.