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Mike Gesicki Announces He’ll Return in 2017

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The tight end, who has had a productive junior campaign, announced tonight his intent to return to Happy Valley

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After appearing on some lists as a candidate to leave Penn State early for the NFL draft, Mike Gesicki announced tonight via the official Penn State football twitter feed that he would stay.

Gesicki revealed that he was considering leaving, stating that he was “putting a lifelong dream on hold for one year”.

The tight end took a great leap forward in his play in 2016, logging 668 yards on 47 receptions with four touchdowns in his junior year, up from 125 yards on 13 receptions (1 TD) from last season. In a tight end class that’s pretty darn good (Gesicki made a play for the top tight end in the Big Ten, but Jake Butt of Michigan and Wisconsin’s Troy Fumagalli were also quite productive.

Gesicki’s already listed as one of the top 2018 tight ends for the draft after next season, and he could move up with an even more productive senior year.

This bodes well for the current team’s expectations of the next season - but possibly not for expanding the 2017 recruiting class.