January 10, 2012
Big-time TE grabs Ohio State offer
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A staple of Urban Meyer's spread offense has always been using the tight end in creative ways. With that in mind, Meyer will no doubt be scouring the nation for the top tight end prospects and one of the best juniors in the country received his Ohio State offer this evening in Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff standout Adam Breneman. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect was excited to add Ohio State to his ultra-impressive early offer list.
"I talked to coach Meyer on the phone probably about an hour ago," said Breneman. "It's exciting knowing that coach Meyer is one of the best coaches in college football. I'm supposed to be talking to the tight ends coach later tonight (Tim Hinton) but it's awesome to get an offer from Ohio State and to talk to a man like coach Meyer."
Breneman's early offer list is over 20 schools long and spans the entire eastern half of the United States. The athletic pass-catcher is sure to be among the nation's top prospects at the position.
"It's exciting," he said. "Right now I'm just trying to take it all in stride and not let it overwhelm me but it's a huge blessing."
Breneman has been active early on in the process in terms of getting out to schools on unofficial visits and he knows at least three more stops that he will make during the off-season.
"I can tell you that there's three schools that we'll definitely be visiting (in the off-season)," he explained. "Miami (FL), North Carolina, and Ohio State. Those are the three that we haven't visited yet so those are the ones that we will definitely be going to. We'll probably see some other schools but I don't know which ones yet."
As Breneman begins to evaluate all of his suitors, he has four criteria that he will focus on when he begins to narrow his list.
"First and foremost is academics," he said. "I want to go somewhere that will give me a good education. I want to play in an offense that is going to make me a playmaker and let me catch passes, I love catching the ball and I want to be able to do that. Thirdly, I want to play for a coaching staff that I have a great relationship and coaches that I like since I'm going to be spending a lot of time with those people."
"The fourth thing, I want to be able to come in and play relatively early in my career," he continued. "It won't be a huge factor, I know that competition is a good thing, but certain places are going to have bigger needs at tight end than others."
The Central Pennsylvania product added that he would like to stay closer to home if possible but that location won't be a deal-breaker.
"It's something that I've discussed with my parents a lot," he said. "I've always said that I'd like to stay relatively close to home, somewhere within like a five-hour drive would be ideal but if I find a place that's farther away that I think is the best fit for me, then location isn't going to affect that at all."
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