Gabbidon Talks About His Commitment to MSU

College of Southern Idaho forward Travis Gabbidon, who is expected to sign with Mississippi State Wednesday, talked about his commitment to Mississippi State

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"The whole weekend was great. I enjoyed everything about it," said Travis. "The town was great. The people were great. The team and coaches were great. I just got that feeling and spoke to my family. We talked about (MSU) being in a great conference. And how they have a chance to go to the NCAA Tournament the next two years. I don't think they need very many pieces. I think what they have coming back next year should allow them to put together a great squad that can challenge a lot of people."

I interviewed Travis this past Sunday. And at that time he felt he would take a couple of more visits before he committed. What changed his mind?

"Sunday, when I spoke with you, I had been in the airport all day. I was real excited about what I had just experienced, but I thought taking more visits would be good," he explained. "But I kept thinking about it all day Monday. I talked to my family and we thought it was what was best for us."

When did he officially commit to MSU?

"I committed Monday afternoon. I told (MSU assistant) Coach (Mark) White, but he had spoken to my coach and kind of knew already," he said.

What was Coach White's reaction to his commitment?

"He was real excited and said he couldn't wait for me to come in," said Travis, who expects to attend the first session of summer school.

As for when he will sign his NLOI, Travis said, "I'll probably sign (Wednesday) since it's the first day."

Travis will be Mississippi State's third signee. The other two are 6-3 Poplar Bluff (MO) High School guard Ben Hansbrough and 6-9 Haywood (TN) High School forward Jarvis Varnado.

A fourth player that MSU is recruiting, Shelbyville (TN) High School guard Barry Stewart, will announce his choice Thursday.

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