March 8, 2012

No. 1 TE set to decide

The nation's No. 1 tight end, Adam Breneman from Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff, is ready to make his decision on Friday at roughly 7 PM EST and it's down to Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Maryland. The No. 22 player in the nation breaks down each school prior to decision time.

"I'm announcing where I'm going on Friday night," said the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder. "I can't go wrong with any of my choices really. They are all great schools but I'm ready to decide and focus on other things."

Breneman, who has offers from more than 30 different BCS programs, breaks down what he likes about each of his finalists.

"Penn State has always been the school I've been a fan up, I grew up a fan and I'm still a fan. I visited the Friday before the big junior day so I got to spend a lot of time with coach O'Brien and his staff. The most important football factor for me is how I'll be used as a tight end and you can see with what he did with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski in New England that his offense is very tight end friendly. It's also close to home which is a bonus and I think the staff will point things in the right direction.

"For Ohio State, I'm just coming off that visit from a few weekends ago and I really like coach Meyer and feel I have a good relationship with him. He wins everywhere he goes, he was the one who made Aaron Hernandez into one of the nation's top tight ends in his offense in Florida and it's not that far from home. He develops players very well.

"With Notre Dame, they have kind of become Tight End U of sorts. They just keep producing great tight ends and I like Kyle Rudolph and the way they utilized him in college. The school has great tradition and prestige and it's a great total package with the academics as well. You can't go wrong with a degree from Notre Dame and I like coach Kelly's offense."

"And with Maryland I have a great relationship with coach Dunn and coach Edsall and all the coaches there. It's close to home and while they had a bad year last year I think they will turn it around pretty quickly. Coach Edsall has a track record for improving players so I like that as well."

As a junior, Breneman caught 72 passes for 1,120 yards and 12 scores. He is coming off recent surgery for a torn labrum but is improving quickly and hopes to hit the camp circuit in late spring or during the summer if he can.

"I can't really lift weights until April and they don't want me doing any 7-on-7 kind of stuff for awhile," he said. "But I want to get out there and show what I can do and earn that fifth star. I know there hasn't been one on Rivals for awhile and I want to be that guy. I'll be happy once my decision is out of the way and I can work on helping my new team recruit and work on getting better."

Rudolph was the last five-star tight end for Rivals.com back in 2008.

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