With Penn State junior tight end Jesse James forgoing his final year of eligibility and declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft, that could mean big things for Southern Regional alum Mike Gesicki next season in Happy Valley.

Gesicki tweeted to his teammate, wishing him well:


James released a statement with his intentions:

"Competing on Sundays has always been my dream and I believe the time to pursue this dream is now," James said in a statement. "This was an extremely difficult decision to make–my time at Penn State has been amazing and unforgettable."

As for Gesicki, his played a lot of football as a true freshmen this season, posting 11 catches for 114 yards this season playing behind juniors James and Kyle Carter. With James gone and Cater a possible mid-round pick if he decides to leave early, that would leave Gesicki as the favorite to become Christian Hackenberg's main tight end target.

While at Southern Regional, he ended his career as the Rams' all-time leading receiver with 1,817 yards on 103 receptions, with 16 touchdown catches.