Penn State Football: Nation's Top Tight End Recruit, Adam Breneman Impressed By Bill O'Brien
Only days into being fully immersed in his new job, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is making sure to get busy on the recruiting trail right from the start.
Between the uncertainty of a new coaching staff and the impact that the recent events at Penn State have had on its image, a strong start to the 2013 recruiting class would be a big step forward for O'Brien and the Penn State football program.
Luckily for O'Brien, one of the nation's top recruits lives within shouting distance of State College, and O'Brien made sure to make a good first impression calling up tight end Adam Breneman on Wednesday night.
Breneman is rated the No. 1 tight end recruit for the class of 2013 by Scout.com and has received more than 28 scholarship offers from schools such as Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State. Playing at Cedar Cliff High School, Breneman has drawn comparisons to some of the best tight ends in the game, something that O'Brien made sure to bring up in their first conversation.
"[O'Brien] talked about how Adam would be a great fit for his system," Breneman's father said over the phone Thursday morning. "He told Adam that he reminded him of Aaron Hernandez (tight end for the New England Patriots) and that he was their No. 1 tight end target.
"Adam was impressed," Breneman's father said.
While Wednesday night's phone conversation was the first Breneman has had with O'Brien, it isn't the first interaction he's had with the staff at Penn State.
"We've been talking to Penn State since last spring or summer," Breneman's father said. "[Tight ends coach John] Strollo has visited a few times and we've been in contact with Larry Johnson before then."
Moving forward, Breneman won't be at Penn State's Junior Day on Feb. 18, a recruiting date with a growing list of prospective commits, but instead will take the time to meet the staff individually on the 17th before heading back home.
"We've been to Penn State many times," Breneman's father said. "We just want the chance to really get to meet the staff."
Additionally, Breneman had a trip scheduled to Ohio State, but it has been moved to a later date because of some time conflicts with the coaching staff.
Overall, Breneman's father says that Adam has been handling the process well.
"He's doing really, really well," Breneman said. "We just try and limit his time away from school and academics."