"I like the environment – the college town, everybody wearing OSU shirts, the fan support, everything," Gaskins said. "The team here is really together and they were really accepting … Coach Ford is a really humble guy."
As a freshman at Brevard, Gaskins was part of a three-man rotation at center behind two sophomores. Coming off the bench, he average 5.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. His block average ranked No. 20 among all junior college centers.
"That's where the defense comes into play," Gaskins said. "People look at me and say, ‘Oh, he's skinny.' But I'm stronger than I look. Of course, I need to put on some weight. I'm working on that right now. As a big man, you have to bring that physicality to the table."
Gaskins went mostly unnoticed during his freshman season at Brevard. He entertained offers from mid-major programs Florida Atlantic, Marshall, UAB and UCF. But after strong performances at a number of collegiate showcases over the summer, he said he began receiving interest from schools in power conferences, including OSU and Nebraska.
Gaskins had planned on taking an official visit to Nebraska, but decided to cancel after his visit to Stillwater. In preparation for the leap to the major college level, he's worked on improving portions of his game.
"My back-to-the-basket post moves, that's my number one thing," Gaskins said. "I can do it, but it's not my go-to thing."
Gaskins is the fourth member of Ford's 2013 recruiting class. The Cowboys have verbal commitments from Jeffrey Carroll (Rowlett, Texas), Chad Frazier (Gulf Coast Community College, Fla.) and Leyton Hammonds (Richland, Texas).