Gesicki high on Purdue

Three-star tight end prospect Mike Gesicki only recently received an offer from Purdue, but he now holds the Boilermakers in high regard. The New Jersey native discusses Purdue and his recruitment in this Boiler Sports Report story.

Mike Gesicki was caught off guard when Purdue extended a scholarship. After learning more about the program, he can call it a pleasant surprise.

Gesicki has since received a heavy recruitment from the Boilermakers' recruiting coordinator, Gerad Parker, and has learned that Purdue offers many details which he is searching for.

"My first thing about Purdue is it's a good academic school, and that's the first thing I'm looking at with schools," said Gesicki. "Football is a huge factor [in the recruitment], but academics are a big thing if football doesn't work out for me. And then the next thing about Purdue is they play in the Big Ten, and I'm a big fan of the Big Ten. I love the conference, love the teams, and love they way they play football. I'm intrigued by Purdue."

In a recent interview with Scout.com, Gesicki detailed his recruitment with the four schools which are standing out—Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin. However, he's working toward constructing a top-six list which will be announced later this summer. For now, he's evaluating his many other options.

Gesicki, a three-star wide receiver/tight end prospect, holds offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Florida State, Miami, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and many more.

Purdue joined the mix late but is sitting in a good position. Parker is heading up a strong recruitment of the versatile tight end.

"He's just a very upfront and real guy," Gesicki said of Parker. "He's not going to give me any [false] stories; he's true to me, a good guy, I like what he's saying."

Parker has also outlined the potential early playing time which Gesicki could face in the Purdue program—consistent with many of the top tight ends the Boilermakers have recruited.

"They said there would definitely be a spot for me where I can go to Purdue and contribute early in my career," Gesicki said.

The next step for Gesicki is visiting Purdue, which he hopes to do this summer. Parker has spoken highly of the on-campus experience.

"[Parker] says there's no people like the people at Purdue," said Gesicki. "Once I get there, I'm going to fall in love with Purdue."

It appears Gesicki already is falling in love. He feels optimistic Purdue will be one the finalists when decision day nears.

"Purdue will be up there," he said, "just from the conference, the people, and the history that they have there."

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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