When Scout.com five-star tight-end Adam Breneman committed to Penn State, he didn't do so just for a chance to win bowl games and national championships.
No, the Cedar Cliff High (Camp Hill, Pa.) Class of 2013 prospect had something else in mind: playing for Bill O'Brien, in his pro-style offense and before a packed house at Beaver Stadium full of Penn State fans.
And that's why, shortly after the NCAA came down hard on the Penn State football program with sanction stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Breneman still stood by his verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions.
I committed to play for Coach O'Brien and in front of 100,000 fans, and all that stuff is still there, Breneman said Monday night. This is still the beginning of the process, and I'm still evaluating things with my family and talking things over with my coaches and people I trust right now. I also spoke to Coach O'Brien, and I remain committed to Coach OBrien.
Breneman has also spoken to many of Penn State's other Class 2013 commits, and said most are on the same page. High school seniors can't sign letters of intent with college programs until Feb. 6.
I'm not sure if shocked is the right word, but I don't think anyone thought this was going to happen when all of us committed, so we are all kind of taking a step back and looking at things, Breneman said. We lost two commits, but that's understandable. As a recruiting class, though, we are all talking with our coaches and family, and the Penn State staff, and our parents will get to talk to the staff in the next couple of days, as well.
Though the challenges facing Penn State -- and this class -- are enormous, Breneman said he welcomes them.
I like the challenge and being in the middle of the fire, and there's a lot to think about and digest right now. I don't think this process is over yet, Breneman said. I'm not sure everything that's going to come out and happen is out there yet, and I think we have a little while before all that is over.
However, for now, Breneman's commitment is as strong as it was when he made it in March.
Nelson Stays Committed
Hershey offensive lineman Andrew Nelson confirmed via text message Monday night that as of now, he remains committed to Penn State. Nelson was at a football camp over the weekend, and said he has not yet been able to discuss his decision with his parents, but remains strong in his commitment.