Blue chip prospects that are worthy of an offer from virtually every school in the country don't just grow on trees.
That is just one of the many thins that make Cedar Cliff (Penn.) tight end Adam Breneman so special.
At 6-foot-5, 220-pounds, the Keystone State standout is too big for the majority of defensive backs, but his elite athleticism creates mismatches with linebackers.
Needless to say, there are very few schools in the country that have yet to notice his unique, yet dominant skills set.
"Adam has always been a tall kid, and a good athlete," said Breneman's father, Brian Breneman. "Then he started to mature as a football player and certainly as a receiver when he got into the eighth grade and got to play on the freshman team. That is where things took off. He is first and foremost a very good receiver, and just talking to coaching staffs in high school, they think he is a good route runner. He is a smart player that can pick up on all the packages, and he's still improving as a blocker. He's starting to enjoy that part of the game because he played most of his early career as a wide receiver. Schools like that he can carry a lot more weight."
The past few months have been pretty hectic for the four-star prospect, and do to the dozens of offers he has received, its been somewhat tough to narrow things down at this point.
"We got started early because he started getting a lot of interest about this time last year," said Brian Breneman. "We visited probably seven or eight schools last spring and summer, and got out to some games this past fall. Right now, he has 30 or 31 offers, and its hard to keep track of. Basically our visits over the last eight or nine months we have visited Boston College, Rutgers, Maryland, Penn State, Virginia, we've had two visits to Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Alabama. We'll be out at Penn State this weekend to meet the new coach, and we'll be at Ohio State in a bout a week and a half. We are scheduled to be back at Notre Dame in March, but we are considering where else we would like to go in March and spring for spring practice."
Although Breneman has primarily visited schools in northeast and Midwest at this point, he is receiving and returning attention from some SEC schools.
"We visited Alabama, obviously, but Adam has talked to Georgia," said the elder Breneman. "He likes the Coach (John) Lilly, the tight ends coach there, and he likes the school. It is one of the schools we are looking at when making a decision on where to visit."
Despite the distance from Georgia, the Rivals100 player does have a connection with the Peach State, and the UGA program.
"We don't know a great deal about Georgia other than reputation," he said. "My brother in-law's moved from Philadelphia to Brunswick, Georgia probably six or seven years ago, so we have family in Georgia. We also have extended family close to Macon, so we have family connections in the state of Georgia who are obviously Georgia fans, which is kind of neat. We have seen Georgia on television, and we have looked at the facilities online. Adam has talked to a couple of the coaches down there, and they have come through here in the last month. It is certainly a school we are going to consider because we have the connections there, its on the east coast, and its in a great conference. It is certainly a great place, a great football town, and a great facility."
Another aspect of the Georgia programs that impresses the Breneman family is Georgia tradition at tight end, and that could also play an important factor in the decision.
"It certainly looks like they use their tight ends," said Brian Breneman. "We have heard about their tradition there. They had Orson Charles this past year, and we followed that. One of the factors will certainly be that because Adam is a playmaker at tight end and we'll be looking at systems that use the tight end and Georgia fits that well."
The Breneman family has a great deal of respect and admiration for the SEC, but they also understand the challenges that the distance could present.
"One of the challenges with the SEC is just the distance from Pennsylvania," said Brian Breneman. "At the end of the day, we will just have to see what we are able to handle as a family. Adam has a younger brother who will be in high school playing football at the same time, so there will have to be some trade-offs. We are, and Adam is certainly open, to some travel depending on the situation. It's not as ideal as being a couple of hours down the road, but if everything feels right and it is the right school and the right everything, that won't stop us."
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