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Update: Penn State commit, top-rated ’13 TE tears ACL

Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien addresses a news conference before his first spring practice as Penn State's head football coach, in Pennsylvania Reuters

UPDATED 2:56 p.m. ET: Unfortunately, Adam Breneman‘s worst fears were realized.

In a statement, the father of the Penn State verbal commitment confirmed that, after an MRI was performed Friday, morning, the top-rated tight end in the country in the Class of 2013 did indeed suffer a torn ACL during a camp at his high school Thursday.  Obviously, Breneman will not play his senior season of football, although the injury is not expected to impact his availability for his first summer camp with the Nittany Lions next year.

“We are very grateful for the outpouring of support over the past 24 hours with regards to Adam’s injury,” Brian Breneman‘s statement read. “An MRI this morning confirmed that Adam has a torn ACL in his right knee. While he is disappointed that he will be unable to play football his senior season, he is very optimistic about his future at Penn State, and is totally committed to making a full recovery in time for the 2013 season. WE ARE!”

There’s also been speculation that, because he won’t play basketball his senior year either because of the injury, that he would graduate early and become an early enrollee at Penn State.  Such a move would technically make him eligible to participate in spring practice, although how much if anything he would do during those sessions remains very much up in the air.


(Original post: 10:34 a.m. ET)

What kind of knee injury?  It could be severe.  Or it could be very minor.

That’s the waiting game the player and, by extension, the football program are playing at the moment.

According to multiple media outlets, tight end Adam Breneman suffered the knee injury during a 7-on-7 camp at his Pennsylvania high school Thursday.  After speculation began to spread about the injury, Breneman sent a text to, among others, the Patriot-News, with that paper writing that the player had stated he “is praying it’s not an ACL injury, but was told by Dr. Brian Bixler it might be his ACL.”

An MRI is expected to take place at some point Friday morning.  If the tests show an ACL tear, Breneman would very likely miss his entire senior season at Camp Hill (Penn.) Cedar Cliff High School.

During his junior season last year, Breneman played through torn labrums in each shoulder that ultimately required surgery in the offseason.

This is all part of a bigger plan,” the player tweeted yesterday. “Everything, no matter what, will turn out the way it was supposed to. …

“So overwhelmed by all the support from everyone! Praying for the best. No matter what happens, I’ll come back better than ever.”

Breneman is the top-rated TE in the country according to and is the highest-rated nonbinding verbal commitment of a 2013 Penn State recruiting class that currently ranks No. 13 according to the same website.

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7 Responses to “Update: Penn State commit, top-rated ’13 TE tears ACL”
  1. beavertonsteve says: Jun 15, 2012 1:49 PM

    I feel bad for the guy. If it’s his ACL that’s a huge blow to his HS team. As far as his college career goes he’s better off injuring it in a June 7 on 7 session than a practice or game late in the season.

    I hope it’s just a sprain or MCL issue he can come back from quickly.

  2. jimmybananahamok says: Jun 15, 2012 2:46 PM

    The Tickle Monster got him.

  3. sportsjoker says: Jun 15, 2012 3:31 PM

    Very disappointing and sad news for this young guy. I never want to see this happen to such a promising young individual. He’ll bounce back and help PSU as soon as he can. That being said….Lets Go Hawks!

  4. fnc111 says: Jun 15, 2012 5:53 PM

    StatePenn will probably pull his scholly now. Expect this kid to be playing at Temple in ’13.

  5. thepancreas says: Jun 15, 2012 5:53 PM

    There is a serious black cloud over Penn State.

    Their highest rated recruit is coming off two shoulder surgeries, and an ACL repair—and he hasn’t even started his senior year of high school.

    It is going to get a lot worse before it gets better for them.

    Just wait until Curley and Shultz start their trials, and Spanier gets rung up. It is a never ending news cycle for all the wrong things.

  6. thebigdawg25 says: Jun 15, 2012 9:01 PM


    probably a similar thing happened to you .. rejected by penn state and ended at temple?

  7. thegamecocker says: Jun 16, 2012 12:45 PM


    You have a problem with Temple? Get over it! They nearly beat the Nits last year and always play them tough! They now have a strong program and are members of the still BCS AQ Big East. Best of luck to the young man! If Marcus Lattimore can recover, so can you!

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