College Football Recruiting: Top Penn State Recruit Adam Breneman Suffers Knee Injury

By Jay Beck

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania tight end, Adam Breneman, gave his verbal commitment to Penn State back in March despite having offers on the table from nearly every major college football program in the country.

Alabama offered.  So did Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Nebraska, and Florida State.  Breneman’s commitment was a great sign for new coach Bill O’Brien and one reason Penn State currently has one of the top 15 recruiting classes in the nation according to Rivals.

It now appears, however, as if the four-star commit and top ranked tight end in the country will miss his senior season after tearing his ACL during his high school’s 7-on-7 camp on Thursday.

The extent of his injury wasn’t initially known although it was feared there was damage to his ACL, a fear that was confirmed via twitter Friday afternoon.



While the injury  is certainly setback, early reports on the injury indicate is was a clean tear of the ACL meaning the surgery shouldn’t be overly complicated and Breneman could be back it sooner rather than later, at least that’s the hope.

And according to his interview with Andrew Shay, the injury will have no bearing on his commitment to the Nittany Lions.  In fact, he may be on campus even sooner than originally expected.


In a Q&A session he did last week, Breneman said he wouldn’t be enrolling early so he could play basketball this winter.  With the injury now throwing a wrench into his basketball season, as well, his plans have apparently changed.

While the injury no doubt a blow to any athlete, not to mention one with such a promising future ahead of him, Breneman appears to taking things in stride.  “There’s nothing I can do about it so I’m not gonna pout about it. I’ll just try to make the most of it and come back better than ever.”

Kudos to him and let’s hope indeed that he does come back better than ever.

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