Recruiting Picking Up for Nebraska's Gesell

Mike Gesell might not be the most well known 2012 recruit in the region, but the Nebraska combo guard is receiving a lot of attention. He traveled to Iowa City for a visit on Saturday and played in front of a few BCS schools on Sunday in South Sioux City. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the rising prospect to see how the Hawkeye trip went and get updates on his recruitment.

Mike Gesell is like the third tenor. He's the guy whose name you either can't remember or pronounce.

We know and talk about his AAU teammates Adam Woodbury and Marcus Paige like Domingo and Pavarotti. Gesell plays Jose Carreras role.

The trio visited Iowa City on Saturday to get to know better the Hawkeye basketball coaches. The staff didn't treat the 2012 combo guard like the forgotten man. They've been hot on the trail of the South Sioux City (Neb) High product.

"I really like the Iowa coaching staff," Gesell said. "They're nice guys and they seem to have a plan for the program to work hard to turn it around."

Gesell was offered a scholarship by previous Hawkeye coach Todd Lickliter, who was let go in March. His replacement, Fran McCaffery, kept the offer out there for the talented guard.

"They wanted me to know this weekend that they want me to come in and be a tough player for them," Gesell said. "They want me to be a leader on the team and make an impact. They want someone who can handle it but also move over to the two if he needs to."

Paige handles much of the point guard duties for their Martin Brothers AAU team. Gesell runs the show for his high school team, however.

"I actually like the one more (than the two)," the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder said. "I just accept the role of the team I'm on at the time."

Gesell reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Creighton, Nebraska, Drake and Utah. Utah and Stanford attended an open gym in South Sioux City on Sunday. Creighton and Iowa watched him in person last week while Arizona State and Notre Dame have said they'll be out there this week.

"Right now, I'm open," Gesell. "I want to make sure that I get a good look at all the schools and get to the point where I feel comfortable with them. At that point, I'll trim my list."

Gesell said a strong relationship with the coaching staff is at the top of his wish list when choosing a school.

"Style of play also is important," he said. "I like to run. I also would like to play soon so I'll be looking at what type of time I might get as a freshman."

Gesell hopes to get to Notre Dame and Nebraska for unofficial visits this fall.

"I already know Creighton pretty well," he said. "I've been down there to play in open gyms with their guys."

Blue Jays Coach Greg McDermott offered Gesell a scholarship when he was at Iowa State. He extended one to the guard when he arrived in Omaha in April.

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