19 February 2012
Name: Adam Breneman
Position: Tight End
Weight: 225 lbs
School: Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, PA)
From Home to Heinz: 202 miles (3 hours, 44 minutes)
Position Need: High
Offer from Pitt: Yes
Other notable offers: Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford
We all know the meme about the decline of Pennsylvania football - demographic changes have moved the talent base down south. The players that grew up in places like Oil City, Mercersburg and Bethlehem now all seem to sprout up in the old Confederacy. It's a sign of the times, but the Keystone State still pumps out a few true "national recruits" every year. This year, Camp Hill tight end prospect Adam Breneman is one of those recruits. The 6'5" 220 lbs high school junior was recently named the top recruit in the state and the top recruit at his position (via PennLive.com):
The junior, who had 72 receptions for 1,120 yards with 12 touchdowns this past season, came in at No. 22 overall. He was given a 4-star rating by Rivals and was the top rated tight end on the board.
Adam talked to ESPNHS.com about what's important to him (via ESPN):
ESPNHS: As you’ve piled up offers and information from all these coaches, have you started to think about what’s important to you?
Breneman: When I look at a school, there’s three aspects. I look at the school academically, I look at the football team and the offense I’d be playing in, and then I look at the school spiritually to see if these are the right guys for me. I’ve started to make some opinions in my mind, but I’m nowhere close to making a decision.
With offers from nearly everyone, Breneman can afford to take his time and be choosy. The good news? He seems to want to stay close to home. The bad? He is reportedly a "life long Penn State fan." The guys over at the Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries stalked him down for an interview and it appears that Bill O'Brien is all over him already (figure of speech!). PennLive.com already pegged him as a Penn State "lean," but I think Chryst will be keeping up the contact until letter of intent day 2013.
For Pitt, the tight end position will be a priority. Yes, Pitt just added WPIAL standout JP Holtz, but Pitt will be losing Hubie Graham after this season, leaving the position with only three TEs on scholarship for 2013 (assuming Anthony Gonzalez changes positions, which I expect). Wisconsin ran several multi-end sets last season, so that would basically have every tight end on the roster on the field at once. I'd expect Pitt to attempt to land at least two tight ends for 2013, and if Breneman is one of them, he will almost surely come in and contribute right away along side a then-sophomore JP Holtz.
Highlights after the jump