Travis balancing busy recruitment

Boiler Sports Report Publisher
Posted May 25, 2013


Two-sport star Reid Travis must balance a busy recruitment, with offers coming in for football and basketball. Boiler Sports Report spoke with the four-star small forward/three-star quarterback while at the EYBL tournament in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Reid Travis prides himself on organizational skills. It’ll take that to balance his busy recruitment.

On the hardcourt, Travis is a four-star forward who holds 12 scholarship offers as. He’s just as good on the gridiron, drawing offers from the Big Ten and ACC as a three-star quarterback prospect.

Travis must manage a crazy recruitment while training for two sports.

“It’s hard, but I keep a good schedule,” Travis said on Saturday, speaking at the EYBL tournament in his hometown of Minneapolis.

The key for Travis is planning ahead. He sets a schedule months in advance and follows through with each visit. However, it’s not easy to manage the two sports. In June, Travis will be in Chicago to split time between an AAU tournament and 7-on-7 football camp.

It will be especially difficult to pick between the two sports when it comes to a decision—expected to happen in the early fall. Travis won’t pick a sports first, so his final list of schools could include offers for football and basketball.

“It’s going to be tough,” said Travis. “I think I got to get on campuses first. That’s going to help me out a lot with my decision. I haven’t been able to do those for basketball or football. Once I do those, it’ll help me narrow in on a decision.”

Travis, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound athlete, holds basketball offers from Arizona, Baylor, Boston College, Butler, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and USC. His football offers are Boston College, Iowa, Minnesota and Rutgers.

No schools stand out to Travis just yet. He is taking a brief break with the recruiting process to focus on finishing the school year strong. Travis plans to narrow his list to three finalists at the end of the summer—after taking several campus visits—then will work toward a decision.

Purdue has stayed in contact with Travis and his father, and the forward is hoping to visit West Lafayette in the summer.

“I like the program a lot,” he said of Purdue. “Especially being in the Big Ten, it’s a great conference. … I’m trying to build that relationship with Coach Painter, get onto campus sometime, and look into them strongly.”

For Travis, it’s just one task at a time. Playing with a talented Howard Pulley Panthers team in a loaded tournament, his sights are set on reaching winning basketball games.

“I’m hoping to get to Peach Jam, get this team as far as we can, and showcase my talents,” he said.

After that, Travis turns his focus to whatever is next on the calendar.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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