2014 TE Gesicki Recaps Visits

Southern High (Manhawkin, N.J.) tight end Mike Gesicki took in games at Penn State, Rutgers and Auburn in the last five weeks and he spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about each experience.

With Southern Regional High (Manahawkin, N.J.) playing its games Friday nights, it is affording class of 2014 tight end Mike Gesicki the opportunity to see plenty of college programs this fall.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Gesicki already took in games at Auburn, Rutgers and Penn State and will be at Boston College in a few weeks. He already holds offers from the Scarlet Knights and Eagles, and is also hearing from Pittsburgh and Stanford.

His latest trip was to Penn State, where he watched the Nittany Lions battle Ohio State.

"I really didn't know what to expect," Gesicki said. "I heard they pack the stadium, everybody goes crazy and everything is just phenomenal out there. I really didn't know what to expect but I had heard a lot about it, and I was not disappointed at all. Sure, the outcome of the game wasn't what I wanted, but it was a phenomenal experience. I had a good time."

Gesicki had a chance to meet with assistant coach Ron Vanderlinden before the game. The two spoke a few times prior to the trip, and while the message was the same about being used in the offense, there was a different tone this time.

"It was a little more serious this time around because now it's my junior year and things are starting to get more serious," Gesicki said. "He was comparing me to Kyle Carter, their tight end they have now, and was saying the plays he's making, I could be making.

"They were saying I fit in with my body type, my size, my athletic ability."

He said Penn State did not talk about an offer, but earlier this month Gesicki made a return trip to Rutgers, which was the first school to offer.

He was on campus in the spring and picked up an offer, but this game him a chance to experience a game for the first time. He said he enjoyed the energy of the crowd and the way the Scarlet Knights played, and also was impressed coach Kyle Flood took time to speak with him.

"I sat down with coach Flood before the game," Gesicki said. "For him to take time out before a game is pretty cool. I had a great time. Coach Flood is a great guy. I talked to him a few times, and just the fact he was able to take time to speak before a game …when he gave me my first offer, it was not like he was pressuring me to come to Rutgers.

"He was saying that he wants me to make the right decision for myself. I respect that about him."

Gesicki's first game of the season was also the first college game he attended in his life. He was invited by Auburn to its game against LSU, and the experience was enlightening.

"It's a whole different style of football down there," he said. "They eat, breathe and sleep football. You walk in there and everybody's all about football. It's a totally different experience. You walk around with your recruiting lanyard on and people are yelling, ‘Come to Auburn. We want you to be a Tiger.' It's nuts."

Gesicki said Boston College offered when it saw his junior highlights, and he communicates with the staff on Facebook and via phone.

Gesicki has 27 catches for 456 yards and four touchdowns for Southern Regional (5-2) coming off a sophomore season in which he caught 13 passes for 226 yards and three scores.

But a wildcard in the situation is basketball. Gesicki is being recruited by Bucknell, Princeton and Rutgers on the hardwood.

"I could see myself playing basketball in college but I'm going to keep my options open right now," he said. "Right now it's between football and basketball and I play volleyball just to stay active."

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