Gesicki Snags Another Big Ten Offer

The standout New Jersey tight end got good news from Penn State over the weekend. Check out his reaction to receiving a Nittany Lion offer.

Mike Gesicki said he wasn't holding his breath waiting for a Penn State offer. But that doesn't mean the 6-foot-5 tight end did not want one. Sunday, he got it.

The junior from Southern Regional High (Manahawkin, N.J.) spoke with PSU linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden Sunday, and his recruiting coach informed him that the program was extending a verbal scholarship offer. It is his 11th such conversation.

“I was very excited when he told me I have a Penn State offer,” Gesicki said. “He told me that Coach (Bill) O'Brien loves me, and he thinks that I can fit in that offense great and be a huge player for my four years there.”

Wisconsin was the first Big Ten program to offer Gesicki, doing so in May. With the Nittany Lions following, it marks a new momentum in his recruitment. But he's also seen momentum off the field, too.

The tight end has added 20 pounds since the end of the 2012 season, and now checks in at 230 pounds with a summer of lifting still to come. He said Saturday was the first time he's bench pressed 300 pounds four times.

“I've been working very hard, and I've improved my strength the most,” he said of his offseason gains. “I'm just working a lot harder and pushing myself very hard.”

State has been a mainstay in his recruitment even if the Lions jumped on board with an offer late. Gesicki was first evaluated by the PSU staff at an Advanced Skill Camp last June. He was also at University Park for State's clash with Ohio State last fall.

The Class of 2014 talent took away plenty from those visits. Those facts will help in his future evaluation of the Lions when it comes to a still-to-be determined decision time.

“I've seen them play. I love that position (tight end) and how they use it,” Gesicki said. “The coach knows exactly how to make the tight end a successful player. The tradition stands out, and so does the game-day atmosphere. The coaches are awesome people, and everything about Penn State is great.”

If he would go to Penn State, Gesicki believes he would be used as a “Y” tight end, similar to the way position coach John Strollo currently uses sophomore Jesse James in O'Brien's offensive scheme.

Gesicki spoke positively of the fact that Vanderlinden frequently kept in touch with him even though the Lions had yet to offer, and he called the coach “an awesome guy.”

Gesicki plans on camping at Alabama and Ohio State this summer, as well as making unofficial treks to Wisconsin and Miami. There are no plans for a summer trip to PSU, since he's already had a chance to check out the Lions a couple of times.

He saw enough on those trips to hope for an offer from O'Brien and company. Now he has it.

“It shows their interest in me, and what kind of people they are,” Gesicki said. “It's great. When they told me I had an offer, I was very excited and thankful.”

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