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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Why Penn State, OSU fit for Gesicki

By Brad Bournival

One question has been making the rounds in Columbus, Ohio, and State College, Pa., this week, and it has gathered steam since Penn State’s improbable 43-40 quadruple overtime win over Michigan.

It’s a question many are asking and one that has the interest of the Big Ten.

What will tight end Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) do on Friday when he announces between Ohio State and Penn State?

Even the 6-foot-5, 202-pound Gesicki admitted he’ll think Nittany Lions one minute and Buckeyes the next.

He has seen two incredible games, witnessing Ohio State’s 31-24 win over Wisconsin on Sept. 28 and Saturday’s epic Penn State victory over Michigan.

He has had a chance to talk to Braxton Miller and Christian Hackenberg, so he knows the X’s and O’s for both schools.

Atmosphere is pretty much a wash as the Penn State “white out” is hard to top, while The Horseshoe is rocking for every home game.

That said, here’s an argument for each schools to land Gesicki:

Ohio State: While the tight end isn’t used as much in the Buckeyes’ offense, there is success at the position with Urban Meyer as the coach. Gesicki has sat down with the two-time national champion and watched film. He’ll likely be utilized how Meyer used tight ends in his days at Florida. Gesicki's versatility as a hybrid-type tight end makes him a solid piece to the Ohio State puzzle.

Add that to the fact the Buckeyes have the longest winning streak in the nation at 18 games and that Ohio State could likely go to big bowl games -- if not national championships -- and the Buckeyes are a good fit. Penn State will still be under a bowl ban  for two more seasons if Gesicki goes there.

Penn State: Like Meyer, Bill O’Brien has made it clear how he plans to use him and with Gesicki’s athleticism it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him contribute early. The tight end position is a big piece of Penn State’s system as well; just ask Jesse James and Kyle Carter. James and Carter rank third and fourth behind Allen Robinson and Brandon Felder in receptions and receiving yards this season. In the Michigan game, James shared top honors for pass receptions with Felder (six) and scored a touchdown.

It was Gesicki’s fifth visit to Penn State, so the bond is likely already established with future players and coaches should he choose the Nittany Lions. Being a two-sport athlete -- Gesicki is a very good basketball player -- isn’t out of the question either.