Gesicki Has Eyes on Six

Southern Regional (Manahawkin, N.J.) tight end Mike Gesicki is one of the top uncommitted prospects in New Jersey. Recently returned from Florida State, Gesicki is focused on six schools with a decision timeframe in sight.

Summer visits to Ohio State and Florida State have Southern (Manahawkin, N.J.) athlete Mike Gesicki focused on six schools going into the final months before he makes a decision. Targeting a late October commitment, the three-star tight end has six schools in play – Miami, Florida State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Penn State and Wisconsin.

"I think I'm really going to have it all set by the end of October," Gesicki said. "I'm trying to get it all out of the way, but those are the six right now I'm looking at.

Gesicki plans to visit Rutgers during the first week of training camp, which starts Aug. 1.

"They're great," Gesicki said of the Rutgers staff. "They always fit me in the schedule. They always have time for me. They're just great people. They have big news coming to the Big Ten. Coach [Kyle] Flood is a standup guy. [Defensive coordinator Dave Cohen] is great. I always talk to [graduate assistant] Matt Simon and coach [Ron] Prince, the offensive coordinator. I'm in contact with a lot of guys there. They're great people. If I wanted to go up there tomorrow, I'm sure they'd fit me in. They're great people. I really like Rutgers."

Rutgers was the first school to offer Gesicki, who received it at this time last year during a training camp visit in Flood's first season.

"That was about mid-August last year and things have really gone up since then," Gesicki said. "That was my first one. I got my first offer and it just kind of snowballed after that. They were the first to recognize my name. Before I was a [top ranked] tight end in the country or ranked at all or a number or anything, Rutgers knew who I was and that means a lot to me. That's definitely something I will take into consideration."

Gesicki returned to New Jersey early Thursday morning from a trip to Florida State, that opened his eyes to the program.

"I was very impressed with Florida State," Gesicki said. "I wasn't necessarily expecting it to be that nice. Everything about it was awesome. I really enjoyed it there. The coaches were great. I spent two hours of a camp with [Tim Brewster]. He coached Antonio Gates and a ton of guys throughout the years, so he knows his stuff.

"Talking to Jimbo Fisher, he's a good guy too. I was really impressed."

Gesicki already impressed at Ohio State's camp this summer and tested well at the Rutgers one-day skills camp before ending his day early with a minor injury.

"Rutgers was very short because I ended up dislocated my pinky," Gesicki said. "I couldn't really participate after a while but it went well. I had the camp's longest broad jump. I ran a 4.60 at Rutgers and a 4.52 at Ohio State. I did well testing-wise and I did well in receiver drills in the 1-on-1s. I had a good time. I learned a lot from coach Simon."

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