Gabbert Close to Deciding?

There's been no shortage of speculation about the future of Parkway West (Mo.) star quarterback Blaine Gabbert, especially among curious Missouri fans. That talk increased Tuesday when news broke that Gabbert wouldn't be taking his official visit to Nebraska in November, with some speculating he could be a Tiger within days. got the scoop Wednesday morning on Gabbert's situation…

We talked to Parkway West coach Mike Roth, who has been as close to the situation as almost anyone, and asked him if it was likely that Gabbert would be making a decision in the near future.

"I'd be very surprised if that happened. Blaine wants to see how things develop across the country," he said.

Roth said Gabbert has been hearing from a few other schools in the wake of Nebraska's recent fallout, and said it's possible he'll consider other schools, though none are being looked at seriously right now. He also said Gabbert could be back in Columbia this weekend for the Iowa State game.

"Blaine is very comfortable there. Certainly things have been changing and there's a lot of uncertainty in Lincoln. That's why he's not going for his visit in November," he said.

The Nebraska staff last visited Gabbert three or four weeks ago, before the 41-6 loss at Missouri and the ensuing firing of athletic director Steve Pederson. The coach credited Missouri's staff with keeping the lines of communication open with Gabbert even after his commitment to the Cornhuskers last summer.

"No doubt about it, I have said from Day One that coach Pinkel, coach Ford and coach Yost have done a tremendous job. They probably showed the most interest from Day One, and they got on him early, and they kept the lines of communication open, with Blaine's blessing of course, and maintained a positive relationship with him," he said.

"They've got a lot of momentum going at Missouri."

Finally, we asked Roth if the recent commitment of Blue Springs South junior Blaine Dalton could affect Gabbert's decision.

"I don't think so. Blaine is very confident in his abilities, and anywhere he goes, they're going to continue to recruit quarterbacks," he said. "He's very physically talented and he looks forward to competition."

So, to summarize: don't expect Gabbert to announce for Mizzou this week … unless he does. This one is very difficult to predict, and it seems as though he may wait for some sort of resolution with the coaching staff at Nebraska before making a move.

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