Wisconsin Comes Through for Gesicki

Waiting and hoping that the University of Wisconsin would give him a scholarship, Manahawkin (NJ) Southern Regional tight end Mike Gesicki liked UW so much that he had the Badgers in his top four even without an offer. On Thursday, Gesicki finally got the good news that a Wisconsin offer was waiting for him.

No matter the school or the distance of the program from his home town, Manahawkin (NJ) Southern Regional tight end Mike Gesicki will visit the school if he has an interest in them.

In what typical becomes an expensive recruiting process for families, Gesicki never has to worry about breaking the family's bank to go visit schools in different parts of the country. With his dad being an airline pilot, all Gesicki has to worry about is getting through the terminal.

"I can travel for free and I can get from point A to point B pretty easily," Gesicki said.

One of those trips was to Wisconsin in early March, a trip Gesicki wanted to make because of his attraction to the school, the program's use of tight ends and the relationship he was building with the coaching staff.

Gesicki was smitten with the Badgers on his visit even without the promise of an offer. He's even more excited about the program now that they offered him Thursday.

"I know the history of their tight ends," Gesicki told Badger Nation. "We had a kid (Garrett Graham) who went to high school 20 minutes away who went to Wisconsin, graduated from Wisconsin and now he's in the NFL. I know the history and it's something I would like to be a part of."

Gesicki has additional offers from Boston College, Bucknell, Colgate, Miami, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and Tulane. Even without an offer, Gesicki – rated a three-star tight end and the No.30 tight end in the country by Fox Sports Next – had a top four with Wisconsin in it, along with Ohio State, Rutgers and Penn State.

Gesicki says his top four is in no particular order, but the offer from the Badgers certainly improved the school's stock.

"(Wisconsin) is a really good option," said Gesicki.

Being recruited by running back coach Thomas Hammock, Hammock visited Gesicki's coach at his school and said he would return with tight end coach Jeff Genyk to have a conversation about how he would fit into Wisconsin's offense.

"He reached out to me first and reached out to my coaches to give me information in the winter time, and it's grown from there," said Geiscki of his relationship with Hammock. "I probably had put on about 15 pounds since (I visited). I was 215 (on my unofficial) and now I am about 230. My body type looks a little different and he loves what he sees."

It's already been a busy spring for Gesicki, who seems to host a new coaching staff daily. Getting offered by Syracuse on Tuesday, Gesicki hosted coaches from Miami Wednesday (they offered him Thursday morning along with Wisconsin), Alabama this week and coaches from Duke, Northwestern, Ohio State, UCF, Utah and Vanderbilt see him last week.

"It's been pretty crazy," said Gesicki. "I've had a bunch of coaches from big names to small schools. It's definitely been a lot of coaches. I wasn't expecting Miami to come in and then get to meet the offensive coordinator. It's just different things, different coaches coming through. It's a pretty cool process."

Having visited Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State throughout the process, Gesicki said he plans to camp at only Ohio State on June 21.

"That will be pretty cool," said Gesicki. "I want to show them what I can do in person in front of Coach Meyer."

As a junior, Gesicki broke the school's record for catches (50) and yards (980) in a season to go along with his 10 touchdowns. He also scored his 1,000th point in basketball last season, having scored 1,352 points in his varsity career.


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