Mike Gesicki fits the mold of football's new brand of tight end. The 6'6", 235-pound Southern Regional senior stars on the basketball court as one of the top forwards in New Jersey and brings elite athleticism to a position once reserved for primarily blockers.
He runs routes like a wide receiver, which is why some college squads would love to line him up outside in certain packages. He is strong enough to disengage from linebackers and leave them in his dust, while his quickness won't let him down when matched up with a safety.
There are a few things a defender can do against Gesicki in the red zone. An ability to establish position and space early in the play is arguably his greatest asset.
His ideal collegiate playing weight is likely in the 250-pound range, and a training staff should be able to get him there quickly without sacrificing his agility. He is currently considering offers from a long list of suitors, including Penn State, Miami, Ohio State, Duke, Rutgers and Wisconsin.
As a junior, he established single-season school records for receptions (50) and receiving yards (958), per the Asbury Park Press. He also caught nine touchdowns while taking his team to the state title game.