As Visits Approach, Gesicki Nearing Decision

MANAHAWKIN, N.J. -- Southern Regional High' Mike Gesicki unofficially visited Rutgers last weekend and has official visits to Ohio State and Penn State lined up before he makes a decision.

Manahawkin (N.J.) Southern Regional receiver Mike Gesicki is on the verge of his first official visit and he said he will make his college decision in the next month, but it doesn't mean the decision is getting any easier to make.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Gesicki, who visited Rutgers unofficially for Saturday's game against Arkansas, will begin an official visit to Ohio State on Saturday morning. He will officially visit Penn State the weekend of Oct. 12, and then weigh the pros and cons of several schools before reaching a decision.

"Definitely, by this time next month I'll know," said Gesicki, who is projected as a tight end. "I'm still kind of flip-flopping every day what I want to do, where I want to go. This whole process has been crazy."

Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers are the main three he speaks about, but he said he continues to talk with Florida State tight ends coach Tim Brewster and Miami came to see him play in the season opener.

However, after facing Toms River (N.J.) North on Friday, Gesicki's focus will turn to Ohio State for an official visit that will begin Saturday morning and end Sunday night.

"I'm really looking forward to the whole atmosphere," Gesicki said. "Everyone really talks up ‘The Shoe' and all that kind of stuff, so I'm really excited about that. I've been to a big stadium type of game. I went to a Penn State game last year, but it's always a different atmosphere with different places and different schools.

"I'm really excited to go there and watch the game and just kind of experiencing things with watching the game and meeting some players and see how they like it there, and (like) the coaches and all that kind of stuff."

Gesicki will make the trip with his parents, and it will give the family a chance to meet with the staff for an extended period of time.

"I talk to coach (Urban) Meyer once a week," Gesicki said. "I talk to coach (Tim) Hinton, the tight ends coach, and (assistant) coach (Ed) Warinner was my recruiting coach, so he is the one that came by my school. Those are the three main coaches I talk to."

Penn State also saw Gesicki play this season. Tight ends coach John Strollo was in attendance as Gesicki caught five passes for 92 yard last week against Toms River (N.J.) South.

"They saw me run around in person one time (previously), and it was going into my junior year," Gesicki said. "It was not anything like I am now. I ran a 4.85 (in the 40) then, and then I got bigger, faster, stronger and all that stuff. Coach Strollo came and saw me run around Friday at (Toms River) South. I hurdled a kid, did a few good things, and some things they didn't know I could do.

"He told me I'm a lot faster and a lot more acrobatic than I look on film. After watching me in person, they see me as a wide out, and then maybe a tight end. It's all different. I think my position will be proven my first weeks in camps, just to show them what I can do."

And since the Nittany Lions are off this week, Penn State linebacker Glenn Carson is slated to return home and watch Southern Regional play.

"He loves it there and he loves coach (Bill) O'Brien," Gesicki said. "I always talk to Glenn. He's a good guy."

While Gesicki's visit to Ohio State and Penn State will be officials, his trip to Rutgers for the Arkansas game was an unofficial visit in which he went with several teammates.

"We enjoyed it and sat in the front row, and they made it into a heckuva game with the comeback and stuff," he said. "They're still up there as well."

"I talk to (offensive coordinator Ron) Prince a lot. I really like coach Prince. If there is something keeping Rutgers in that race, it's definitely coach Prince. He knows the offensive side of the ball, he's been in the NFL, he knows all the connections and things like that. I've sat down and watched film with him twice, and he definitely knows the offensive side of the ball."

The move to the Big Ten for the 2014 season is also intriguing.

"RU is definitely on the radar," he said. "It's so close, it's a family-type atmosphere. They're moving into the Big Ten and they will be playing big-time football. They showed the other day beating an SEC team they could beat anybody, so that's something I like."

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