Talks About His MSU Visit

College of Southern Idaho forward Travis Gabbidon took his first official visit this weekend. And Mississippi State was the lucky school. What were Travis' impressions of State?

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"I flew into Jackson (Mississippi), so I had to drive to Starkville. I liked all the green grass and trees and the country," said the 6-7, 205-pounder. "I actually thought it would be different. I didn't think it was going to be as green as it was. I enjoyed the nature out there and liked it a lot."

What was his impression of the Mississippi State players?

"The players were cool," said Travis. "I hung out with the twins (Richard and Reginald Delk) ... actually all the freshmen - the twins, Vernon (Goodridge), (Bernard) Rimmer, Jamont (Gordon). All were good guys."

Does he feel that he will fit in with them if he chooses MSU?

"I do," said Travis. "When we were talking this weekend, they said they want to win. And they can't wait until next year. They know this year was tough because they were young and inexperience as far as that level of play. I think it will be a great year for them next year."

He also came away impressed with the MSU coaches.

"I liked the coaches a lot. They are real players' coaches," said the 20-year old. "It is easy to interact with them and get to know them. Some coaches it's hard to have fun and joke around with, but the group of coaches at Mississippi State it's real easy."

What position is the Mississippi State coaches recruiting him for?

"Most of the schools are recruiting me for the three. The (MSU) coach wants me at the four," said Travis. "He will play me at the three sometimes, but he feels if I'm at the four we can run a lot more and have mismatches like with (Joakim) Noah at (the University of) Florida. He would have to come out and guard me and I could go past him."

Does it matter what position he plays?

"It doesn't matter to me where I play. I just want to win," he said. "I just want to win."

Will the distance from his home to Starkville factor into his final decision?

"The distance doesn't really factor into it," he said. "Me and my family have an agreement that stuff like that won't bother us. My parents just want me to be happy and go to a place that's a great place and a great fit for me. They'll find their way out there to come visit and watch games."

This was Travis' first time to visit Mississippi State. What did he think about them going into the visit and what are his thoughts now?

"(MSU assistant) Coach (Mark) White came to my school about four weeks ago. I knew they were there for me when he was watching practice," said Travis, who averaged 16.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this past season. "I knew Mississippi State had been in the (NCAA) tournament four of the last five years. They are in a great, great conference. I had them scheduled for a visit my second weekend. I knew it would be a great visit, but I didn't know how I would like it down south. It was the first time to be down in the south. But coming home from the visit, I had a great time. I now have Mississippi State standing real high right now."

Does he plan on taking all of his official visits or is there a chance that he will commit early?

"I will probably take the next one or two visits," said Travis, who has scholarship offers from TCU, UNLV, Mississippi State, Baylor, Loyola Marymount and Toledo. "I've got TCU next week (then) Baylor the third week. And possibly Loyola Marymount, but I'm not sure about that one. UNLV is no longer in it. They had offered me before the season was through. And I was supposed to go on a visit to UNLV this weekend, but they must have (received a commitment from) another kid."

Keep it tuned to for the latest recruiting updates on this very talented youngster.

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