The top-rated tight end and #2 overall in-state prospect coming out of New Jersey in 2014 (according to 247 Sports), Mike Gesicki was widely expected to be rocking Scarlet and Gray instead of Blue and White, as evidenced in the screen grab below:
Needless to say, it was a very pleasant shock when he opted to choose Penn State in the Fall of 2013, presumably to be coached by quarterback-tight end whisperer Bill O'Brien. When O'Brien jumped at the Houston Texans opportunity on New Year's Eve 2013 however, doubts among the fan base began to surface about whether Mike would hold firm with his verbal commitment or switch to the school many thought he would choose in the first place, but whatever it was James Franklin and current position coach John Donovan told him, it was enough to convince Mike that Happy Valley was indeed the right place to continue his football-playing career.
His game action was rather limited last season, but he did make the most of his opportunities by catching 11 balls for 114 yards. Look for a more productive sophomore campaign from Mike (in which I'll go out on a limb and predict that he earns his first collegiate touchdown grab) as he sees an increase in snaps and gets a chance to truly show off the combination of size and athleticism that made him such a highly-touted high school prospect.