Penn State receives oral commitment from New Jersey tight end

Penn State head coach Bill O' Brien watches a replay on the scoreboard during the second quarter of a 43-40 win over Michigan in four overtime periods during an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Mike Gesicki, a tight end from Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, N.J., who is considered the best in the nation at his position by one recruiting web site, gave an oral commitment Thursday night to Penn State.

Gesicki’s decision was first reported by Blue White Illustrated, a Penn State-focused web site that is affiliated with, and he later confirmed his college choice on Twitter.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Gesicki, whose high school is the alma mater of Nittany Lions linebacker Glenn Carson, had narrowed his decision to Penn State or Ohio State, and was expected to announce his school on Friday.

Gesicki joined almost 100 recruits Saturday night to watch Penn State’s four-overtime victory over Michigan at Beaver Stadium. Two weeks before that, he attended Ohio State’s home victory over Wisconsin.

Gesicki, who also received scholarship offers from Boston College, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Rutgers and Wisconsin, is considered the No. 52 overall prospect and No. 1 tight end by

Gesicki caught 50 passes for 954 yards during the 2012 season.

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