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Five-star TE could name top five soon

2/29/2012

Five-star tight end Adam Breneman (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) is up to 33 offers with a year until signing day.

He hopes to trim that list sometime in the coming days.

“I’m going to sit down pretty soon with my family and talk about when to make a decision … and discuss what steps to take forward,” Breneman said. “Maybe I’ll narrow it down to three or five teams, but I don’t know yet.”

One team that could find itself among those five is Ohio State, which Breneman visited on Monday for the first time.

“It was great. I had a fantastic time,” Breneman said. “We spent a lot of time with coach [Urban] Meyer, got to know him real well, a lot of time with the tight ends coach, coach [Tim] Hinton, coach [Luke] Fickell, coach [Mike] Vrabel.”

Breneman said he and Meyer spent a few hours together, and he called Meyer “one of the best coaches in college football, if not the best.” Meyer told Breneman he foresees using him in his offense the same way he used tight end Aaron Hernandez while he was coaching at Florida.

“Coach Meyer was drawing up some plays, and coach Hinton and I watched some film together,” Breneman said. “Coach Meyer was explaining to me what he wants and looks for: tight ends that are athletic.”

Breneman reiterated a major factor in his decision will be how the coaching staff plans to utilize him at tight end.

Meyer isn’t the only coach that can boast he can use Breneman the same way as Hernandez. The former Florida tight end now plays for the New England Patriots, where new Penn State coach Bill O’Brien comes from.

After picking up two commitments on Wednesday – including Breneman’s friend Christian Hackenberg – there were rumors Breneman could be next. He denied those rumors with a text that read "rumors are funny!"

The 6-foot-5 Breneman said he is now back to 225 pounds after losing some weight following surgery on both shoulders for a torn labrum. He expects to begin catching balls sometime in April.

Recent national champions Alabama, Auburn and Florida have all offered Breneman, as well as Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Stanford and a host of other elite programs.