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Breneman blown away by atmosphere

Since attending his first Penn State game almost 12 years ago, Nittany Lions tight end commitment Adam Breneman has seen plenty of wins and losses at Beaver Stadium.

Breneman has been one of the key components of the Nittany Lions' Class of 2013.

Prior to Saturday, his most memorable moment came in 2007, when the Nittany Lions hounded freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen all night and sent a visiting Notre Dame squad back to South Bend with a 31-10 loss in the first stadium-wide White Out.

Against Ohio State over the weekend, however, the Nittany Lions' faithful took it to a whole new level.

"I've never seen an atmosphere like that," he said. "I was telling my dad during the game, I've been to a lot of games at a lot of different places, I've been to a lot of Penn State games and I've never seen anything like that before."

Breneman has been one of the top recruiters in the class so far, and on Saturday had to balance his recruiting roles with that of taking in the big game atmosphere.

"I was trying to enjoy it. I had a good time with Christian [Hackenberg] and some of the other guys I was with," he said. "I met Kasey Gaines, all the other recruits like Andrew [Nelson], Roman Clay, Malcolm Cook. I was recruiting when I could, but it was just a good time and it was great to hang out with them a little bit."

Penn State's Class of 2013 has been an embattled bunch, going through numerous highs and lows since Hackenberg got the class started with his commitment in late February. The events have helped them grow closer as a group in the last eight months.

"It's really evident how close this class is and how close we are all together," he said. "We were sending pictures to Brendan [Mahon] and Garrett [Sickels] when we walked out of the tunnel and making them jealous.

"Christian and I are real close. We were just talking today about the future at Penn State and how perfect that offense is for us. Coach O'Brien is the guy that is holding this all together. I know we're all really excited to get up there."

Breneman knew coming into the season that O'Brien would utilize the tight end based off of his experience with the New England Patriots, but he has been pleasantly surprised about how much of the offense has run through the position this season.

Redshirt freshman Kyle Carter is second on the team in receiving with 35 catches for 441 yards and two touchdowns. Additional tight ends Matt Lehman, Jesse James and Garry Gilliam have combined for 26 catches for 310 yards and five touchdowns.

"I think I knew that the tight end was going to be involved a lot, and obviously Kyle is having a great season," he sad. "I can't wait to get up there and play with Kyle, I think we can be a great 1-2 punch together, play the Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez roles.

"I've been talking to [Cedar Cliff quarterback] Andrew Ford about this, in high school I would be double, triple covered every time. When I get up there I would have Kyle and several great receivers around me, so I could get single coverage again. I'm excited to get up there. I don't know that it will be easier, but it's a different scheme to look at and I'm excited for it."

Breneman will enroll at Penn State in January.

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