Ohio State Gets Creative, Sends "Missing Piece" Puzzle Letter to 4-Star Recruit

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIAugust 20, 2013

Via mikegesicki on Instagram
Via mikegesicki on Instagram

Ohio State apparently believes Mike Gesicki, a 4-star tight end out of Manahawkin, NJ, is the missing piece in Columbus.

Gesicki is the No. 4 tight end nationally and the No. 7 player from New Jersey, according to 247Sports. He has great size at 6'5'', 236 pounds and has an interest list (247Sports) that features Duke, Florida, Miami, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin and, of course, Ohio State.

He's obviously a big recruit, but is he really that important for OSU?

Perhaps Gesicki isn't actually the missing piece for Ohio State, but at the very least, Urban Meyer and his recruiting staff found a great way to make the 4-star tight end feel like he is.

Gesicki posted a picture of this puzzle he received from Ohio State on his Instagram account. Notice that his face is indeed the missing piece of the puzzle (h/t collugespun.com):

Also notice the nice touch of the No. 18 Ohio State jersey and The Horseshoe in the background.

Sometimes you have to be creative to stand out on the recruiting trail, and this is undoubtedly a creative move by Ohio State. We've seen puzzles before, and we've seen the now-infamous drink of champions, "swag," but this is arguably the most well-done recruiting material out there outside of Alabama.

Not only is it creative, but it also looks professional. It's not a crude drawing, and it features the subtle things like an Ohio State jersey, teammates and one of the most notable stadiums in college football in the background.

This is extremely impressive.

Coach Meyer and the Buckeyes don't need much help on the recruiting trail, but if they did need it with Gesicki, perhaps this awesome piece of recruiting material will do it.

For the record, 85 percent of 27 experts on Gesicki's 247Sports Crystal Ball believe he'll end up at Ohio State. Eleven percent picked Florida State and 4 percent went with the Nittany Lions.