Southern Regional High School standout wide receiver Mike Gesicki ended the speculation about his college future with an unexpected email Thursday night.

Gesicki will attend Penn State. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Gesicki had narrowed his college choices to Ohio State or Penn State. He was scheduled to make his decision known Friday but Thursday night Southern athletic director Chuck Donohue emailed a release saying Gesicki had chosen Penn State.

“This recruiting process has been a once in a lifetime experience for myself and I just want to thank all the schools around the country that offered me a scholarship and gave me a chance,” Gesicki said in a prepared statement. “I mostly would like to thank The Ohio State University for recruiting me so hard and Coach Urban Meyer. This process has been unreal, but I’m thankful that I finally know where I’ll be heading.”

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Gesicki will elaborate on his decision in interviews with reporters Friday afternoon at Southern.

Gesicki attended last Saturday’s Penn State game against Michigan. Penn State rallied for a thrilling 43-40 victory in four overtimes.

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien was the new England Patriots offensive coordinator. Gesicki said he chose Penn State because of its academics and football program. He also said he felt comfortable round the players.

“The sky is the limit,” Gesicki said.

Gesicki has caught 12 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns for the 2-2 Rams this season. He helped lead Southern to the South Jersey Group final last season.

Gesicki has uncommon athletic ability. He is also an outstanding volleyball and basketball player.

On the football field, Gesicki has size to overpower defensive backs and speed to out run linebackers.

Twenty-two Football Bowl Subdivision colleges - including Ohio State, Wisconsin, Rutgers, Penn State, Miami (Fla.) and Florida State - offered Gesicki a scholarship.

He joins Austin Johnson of St. Augustine Prep and linebacker Brandon Bell of Oakcrest as Press-area players at Penn State. Defensive tackle Antoine White of Millville also has verbally committed to the Nittany Lions.

Penn State can not comment on Gesicki until he signs a national letter of intent. Gesicki can not sign that letter until the first Wednesday in February, under NCAA regulations.


Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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