The impressive recruiting class that Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien is assembling suffered a setback Friday.
An MRI revealed that tight end Adam Breneman, the top player in the Nittany Lions' Class of 2013, tore the ACL in his right knee. Breneman will have surgery and miss his senior season at Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill.
“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,” said Breneman's father, Brian, in a statement.
Widely considered the top tight end recruit in the country, Breneman hurt his knee Thursday during a seven-on-seven passing camp. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder caught 72 passes for 1,120 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He gave a verbal commitment in March, picking the Nittany Lions over Ohio State and Notre Dame.
The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News reported Breneman plans to enroll early, but he said he still needs to consult advisors at his high school and Penn State. He plans to have PSU team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli perform the surgery.
Breneman headlines a recruiting class that includes Virginia quarterback Christian Hackenberg and New Jersey defensive tackle Greg Webb. Rivals.com ranks Breneman, Hackenberg and Webb four-star recruits.
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