"[Penn State] had everything that I wanted in a program academically, athletically, spiritually," Breneman said. "I fit in well with the players. Coach O'Brien's offense is one that I can thrive in. And Penn State as a school is one of the best in the country."
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Breneman is ranked the 22d- best player in his class by Scout.com and Rivals.com, and had his choice of scholarship offers from more than 30 schools, from SEC forces like Alabama and Florida to Big Ten stalwarts Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
He recently narrowed his list to Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Maryland before alerting O'Brien of his decision a couple of days ago.
Tight ends have not been much of a factor in Penn State's passing offense the last two seasons, but that figures to change in the pro-style offense O'Brien plans to install. With the New England Patriots, O'Brien coached the prolific tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
When Breneman visited Penn State in February, O'Brien showed him highlight tapes of Gronkowski and Hernandez and shared his vision on how he plans to use him in the offense.
"Meeting Coach O'Brien and hearing about his passion for Penn State and really the respect for the tradition there, for academics and on the football field, and then his use of the tight ends, was really a big deal," said Breneman's father, Brian. "How he thought he could use Adam in their scheme was really important.
"He really liked all the schools. They're great people, great coaches. But his heart was really in helping to kind of reestablish Penn State as a national program."