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Adam Breneman chooses PSU for '13

CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Penn State built a strong foundation to its 2013 recruiting class last week when the Nittany Lions picked up three commitments. Their latest is their biggest yet.

ESPNU Watch List tight end Adam Breneman committed to the Lions in a news conference Friday night at Cedar Cliff High School.

Breneman, who lives only about 90 minutes from the Penn State campus, grew up a Nittany Lions fan but said he would not take allegiances into account when deciding on a school.

The Lions in the end, though, beat out Maryland, Notre Dame and Ohio State for arguably the top junior tight end in the country and a potential five-star prospect. ESPN will unveil its first recruiting rankings for the class of 2013 on April 17.

Breneman, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior, has one of the more impressive offer lists in the 2013 class with more than 30 offers. He made visits to a number of schools, including all four of his finalists. He traveled to Maryland, Ohio State and Penn State within the past month.

Tight end has been a weakness at Penn State since Andrew Quarless graduated after the 2009 season. Breneman will provide a threat at the position when he arrives on campus in 2013.

As a junior, Breneman had 72 catches for more than 1,100 yards with 12 touchdowns. He caught four touchdowns in the first half of Cedar Cliff's opening-round playoff win.

Breneman battled with a torn labrum in each shoulder for much of the season before having offseason surgery. He is rehabbing and hopes to begin catching passes in April.