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Penn State Football Class of 2013: Welcome, Adam Breneman

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The rundown of the Penn State recruits that make up the Class of 2013 begins with Adam Breneman.

Mike Pettigano

Penn State Football Class of 2013: the early enrollees, the Signing Day commits, and the names that Steve and Jack will be calling for years to come.

Our first look at the Class of 2013 begins with Pennsylvania tight end Adam Breneman, who committed to Bill O'Brien and the Nittany Lions back in March, and immediately became a household name, both for his on-field talent and off-field "Penn State way" character.

Breneman is a top notch talent on the field, earning accolades across the state for his Cedar Cliff team his junior year. An unfortunate knee injury caused him to miss his senior season, and with a likely redshirt in 2013 in the works, Breneman should be back to form easily by the start of football in 2014.

At 6'5", and with the speed and athleticism of a wide receiver, Breneman will fit nicely into the "F" tight end role at Penn State, a pass-catching monster that the O'Brien offense is built around. He is a four-/five-star recruit from within the state, and a lifelong Penn State fan. While his commitment may have been just a matter of time, it was still a welcome breath of fresh air to a team still reeling from other issues.

Immediately after his commitment (and for some time before), Breneman took to the recruiting trail, helping to bring in other top talent and emerging as an instant leader for a class that will ultimately be remembered for its resolve and dedication to the school they selected.

On the field, he's a known commodity. But it's Breneman's off the field activities that earned him immediate respect and admiration of Penn State fans. He is the man behind Catch The Cure, a charity that raises awareness for ALS research; he finished high school early to get to University Park as soon as possible; and he is an active supporter of all things Penn State, regularly making the short trip from Camp Hill to State College to support not just the football program, but the university in general.

Breneman's commitment was the biggest splash for Bill O'Brien's new (at the time) program, and he continues to be a household name among those that follow the program closely. Give it two years, and everyone around the country will know this young man's name.

Welcome to Happy Valley, Adam. Welcome to Adam, Happy Valley. Now let's go to work.

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