No member of Penn State’s 2013 class has been more active recruiting other prospects and keeping the committed ones on board than Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff). With NCAA sanctions looming Monday, the four-star tight end made it clear the punishments would have to be severe for him to reconsider his options.
“I’m 100 percent committed to Coach [Bill] O’Brien, and it would kill me if I felt that I couldn’t go to Penn State,” the nation’s No. 1 “Y” tight end said. “It’s a tough time. It’s going to take a lot. I’m 100 percent committed.”
Breneman, a Central Pennsylvania product ranked No. 49 in the ESPN 150, committed to the Nittany Lions in early March over offers from several major programs. He said he would essentially have to be forced to look at some of those other schools again for him to back off his commitment.
“I don’t have a lot to say about what’s going on because I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Breneman said. “It’s a waiting game. It’s going to take a lot for me to not go to Penn State.
“… I haven’t talked to any of the staff since it came out [Sunday morning]. I’m going to wait until [Monday] to give them a call.”
Breneman frequently used the words “a lot” when asked how severe the punishments would have to be for him to reconsider his options. He did not have an answer, but anything resembling the death penalty or a suspension of the football program would likely result in a long talk with his family and coaches.
“I’m going to stick with, 'It’s going take a lot,' ” he said. “If it does not impact me as a student-athlete, it won’t affect me at all. Something like that [death penalty or suspension] might make me reopen my options, because I want to play football.
“Tomorrow I’ll sit down with my family and talk to them about everything.”
A linchpin and integral part to O’Brien’s first full class at Penn State, Breneman underwent surgery for a torn ACL on July 10. Two days later, the Freeh report was released.
He immediately picked up his phone and texted the other Penn State commits to try and rally the group and keep the class intact.
“I’m doing everything I can possibly do to try and keep this class together,” Breneman said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen.
“The Thursday it came out I was sitting in bed after my surgery and I couldn’t get it off TV. They were talking about the Freeh report and it really bothered me. I sent a text to the entire class and said the main point is in three, four, five years they’re going to have an ESPN 30 for 30 special on Penn State’s national championship after all this. We’re taking an us-against-the-world mentality.”
The Nittany Lions have 13 members in the 2013 class after ESPN 150 defensive tackle Greg Webb decommitted Saturday, though it was not a direct result of looming sanctions. Top commitment and the nation’s No. 1 quarterback, Christian Hackenberg, is in a holding pattern, his father, Erick, told ESPN.com’s Mitch Sherman.