Throughout the week, we took a look at three wide receivers Penn State has targeted. Today another key part of the Bill O’Brien offense, tight end, specifically Manahawkin, New Jersey’s Mike Gesicki.
Penn State has yet to offer Mike, but according to an NJ.com article, the Lions are solidly in his top 3, along with Rutgers, who has offered, and Wisconsin, who has not. Along with the home state Scarlet Knights, Boston College, Temple, and Old Dominion have also offered scholarships. 247 and Rivals have yet to rate him, but Scout gives him 3 stars, and ranks him the 26th best tight end prospect in the country. Mike has spent significant time at Rutgers, making his third visit to campus on Wednesday of this week, but he was also on campus at PSU for the Ohio State game this past fall. Following that visit to Rutgers, he told the Star Ledger that the Knights are actually recruiting him as a receiver, which is where he prefers to play. All indications are PSU is targeting him as a tight end.
The Lions of course landed arguably the top prospect at the position last year in Adam Breneman, and have several players with multiple years of eligibility. Kyle Carter, Jesse James both have 3 years of eligibility remaining going into the 2013 season, while Breneman, and redshirt freshman Brent Wilkerson will each have 4 (5 for Adam if he redshirts). All of this begs the question, why are they pursuing another player at that spot with the 65 scholarship limit, and 15 recruits per class. For one, O’Brien’s offense utilizes two tight ends, and year 1 showed a willingness to line them up pretty much anywhere on the field. I think another key factor is Mike’s ability (and desire) to play receiver. That type of ability to play multiple positions, could be an intriguing factor as PSU heads into the height of the sanctions impact.
Mike is yet to be offered, and it will likely depend on what happens with a few players higher on the board before O’Brien makes a decision, but this is definitely someone to focus on headed into the summer.
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