November 24, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions players are lead onto the field by head coach Bill O

Penn State Class Of 2013 - TE Adam Breneman


National Signing Day (yes, it’s a holiday, and yes I’m capitalizing it) comes up on Wednesday, and for Penn State fans, it will almost certainly be a fulfilling day, if not anti climatic.  The Lions class is set, and all the names you have come to know and love over really, the past 12 months, will be the ones sending in their LOI’s starting bright and early.  However, PSU has enrolled 5 players early, and leading up to the big day, VBR will be recapping those players.  And what better place to start than the one of this classes headliners, TE Adam Breneman.

If Adam wasn’t the most important player Bill O’Brien targeted after his hiring over a year ago, he was right up there.  O’Brien made recruiting Pennsylvania the unquestioned focus for his staff, and Breneman was one of the top players in a very deep class in the Keystone State.  Combine all of that with the emphasis placed on the tight end position in BOB’s offense, and you see the importance.  Adam committed early in the process as well, shortly after fellow blue chipper Christian Hackenberg, giving PSU plenty of early momentum.

Adam missed the 2012 season due to an ACL injury suffered in a summer camp, but still earned All American Honors, and lofty recruiting rankings from every service out there.  Instead of focusing just on his rehab, Breneman put together Catch the Cure, a fundraising effort to ultimately end ALS, which has hit close to home with Tom Kirchoff a former Cedar Cliff quarterback diagnosed with the disease.  Over the course of just a few months, Catch the Cure raised over $100,000 towards ALS awareness and research.

Adam’s knee injury makes a redshirt in the 2013 season a strong possibility (not to mention the emergence of Kyle Carter, Jesse James, and Matt Lehman), but even in the highly unlikely event he never catches a pass for the Lions, Adam Breneman will be a name held in high regard by PSU fans for years to come.

Here is our coverage from Adam during the past year:

Adam Breneman bio and video

Adam Breneman interview

Former editor Tim Tolley on his relationship with Adam

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