- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
Adam Breneman, ESPN's top-rated tight end, has been one of Penn State's most vocal supporters ever since he committed March 9.
He's also been one of the Nittany Lions' most talked-about recruits. Bill O'Brien twice had to deflect questions about Breneman on his weekly radio show -- and he already has nearly as many Twitter followers (10,355) as Matt McGloin (12,710).
Some campers in Nittanyville already called him their favorite player, and his attitude's a big reason why. He helped raise more than $80,000 for Project ALS, which helps find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease, and he's a high-character recruit.
He missed his senior season due to a torn ACL, but the early enrollee is hoping to be healthy in time for the Blue-White Game. He won't be able to play in the Under Armour All-America Game, which will be played Friday at 5 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN, but he plans to check-in today and be there to support future Penn State teammate Christian Hackenberg.
The four-star tight end received his Under Armour jersey on Sept. 20, a day before Hackenberg, and recently spoke with NittanyNation about his expectations for the game:
NN: What are you most looking forward to at the UA game?
Breneman: I think it'll be a good experience to kind of see the top players in the country perform in person and just to be around the other elite prospects. I would also say I'm looking forward to watching Christian [Hackenberg], supporting him and supporting my fellow prospects.
NN: Which prospect that you've never met do you want to meet and why?
Breneman: Oh boy, that's a tough one. You know, I definitely want to meet [tight end] O.J. Howard. He's been pretty cool. We've talked throughout the process, so I'd like to see him. So I'd have to say him because he's been really cool to me, and I'm looking forward to meeting up.
NN: What's the best advice you got going into the UA game?
Breneman: You know, people always tell me that it's a different game when you get to the next level, that everybody's talented. It's a whole different mindset to be the best at the next level. But I think I'm prepared for that next level; I've heard that from guys on my team and from the NFL. Everyone's so good, and the guys who work hard and pretty much want it the most, those are the ones who are successful.