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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Lions spotlight: Adam Breneman

By Josh Moyer

Every weekday until signing day, NittanyNation will break down a commitment from Penn State’s 2013 recruiting class.

Vitals: Tight end Adam Breneman, Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff, 6-foot-4, 229 pounds

Committed: March 9, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 85. Four-star prospect.

ESPN.com rankings: No. 67 in ESPN 150, No. 1 overall TE-Y, No. 11 player in region, No. 1 player in state

Picked Penn State over: Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and others.

State of the position: This is the strength of the offense right now. Rising redshirt sophomore Kyle Carter earned Mackey Award consideration this past season, and 6-foot-7 Jesse James came on strong in the second-half of the year. Garry Gilliam is the best blocker, and Matt Lehman is another solid player who should finish with more than 20 catches.

Pros: "He possesses good speed for the tight end position and is capable of being an active part of an offense's passing attack. He has good hands and displays the ability to extend and catch the ball away from his body. He high points the ball well and displays the ability to open his hips and catch the ball thrown behind him. Uses his frame well to shield defenders, displays good concentration and can catch the ball in traffic. He is a good route runner." -- ESPN scouting report

Cons: "He is not an overly explosive player in-and-out of his breaks and could struggle at times at the next level to win in transition against real athletic defenders, but he does have good speed and quickness and shows some savvy and feel in this area.  ... He also needs to continue to improve and develop as a blocker, but shows the toughness and willingness to get it done." -- ESPN scouting report

Similar to/potential role: He's still rehabbing a torn ACL, so between that and the depth at this position, he'll likely redshirt. He wants to play but, with four solid tight ends already on the squad, he wouldn't see meaningful time as a true freshman. He's already enrolled, and he's hoping to be fully healed in time for the Blue-White Game.

Expected impact: 2014. If Carter wasn't the best tight end in the conference, his impact might be even bigger. But Breneman will have to be a little patient here. He should still see considerable time in 2014, but once this position gets thinned out a little, he'll see more targets thrown his way. Breneman and Carter have the potential to become one of the best tight-end tandems in the country, and Breneman should be the clear No. 1 by his redshirt junior season.