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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Penn State picks up commitment No. 13

By Brad Bournival

Penn State doesn’t play Ohio State on the field for another week.

Off the field, the Nittany Lions scored a big win over the Buckeyes with commit No. 13 in the 2014 class.

Versatile tight end/wide receiver Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) gave his pledge to Penn State on Friday, choosing Penn State over Ohio State after seeing two incredible games.

He confirmed the pledge through his official Twitter account.

I'm so blessed, thankful, and joyful to announce that I am committed to The Pennsylvania State University! # WEARE #PENNSTATE

— MG (@mikegesicki) October 17, 2013




The commitment came after the 6-foot-5, 202-pound Gesicki’s saw Ohio State knock off Wisconsin 31-24 in a sold out Ohio Stadium and Penn State beat Michigan 43-40 in four overtimes.

Both were official visits, but in the end, the Nittany Lions were just a little bit better fit for Gesicki despite the fact the squad has six tight ends on the roster that are either freshmen or sophomores.

The three-star senior could come in right away and help Penn State, which utilizes its tight end position to the fullest.

The fact Jesse James and Kyle Carter are the third and fourth on the team in receptions and receiving yards this season shows just how important the tight end is to the Nittany Lions.

Add the fact Penn State scored the top-ranked tight end in 2013 in Adam Breneman last season and are already utilizing him gives the Nittany Lions a great one-two punch moving forward with the addition of Gesicki.

The senior standout has run a personal best 4.52 in the 40-yard dash at the camp and has broad jumped 10 feet, 7 inches, while showing off a 33-inch vertical.

He might be a tight end in name only as his versatility is what the Nittany Lions like the most.

His size and bulk make him perfect for the tight end position, but his long arms and legs make him perfect as a wide receiver, so does the fact the big man can scoot.

What Gesicki also provides is some security in the future as Penn State comes out of the shadows of the NCAA sanctions while he is on campus.

More than that, Gesicki is an immediate impact player and a natural for the Nittany Lions as his school-record 50 catches and 958 yards receiving last season prove he knows what he’s doing whether he splits out wide or stays inside. His 10 touchdowns show he can find the end zone.

He should be a perfect fit alongside the wide receivers/athletes coming in and should only help the growth at quarterback where Penn State has a very bright future.