The Penn State Nittany Lions and head coach Bill O'Brien locked up a solid recruiting class for 2013. The class includes a top tight end in 4-star recruit Adam Breneman. The talented freshman will fit perfectly into O'Brien's passing attack.
Despite his talent, Penn State would be smart to give Breneman a redshirt this season.
The Camp Hill (Pa.) native sat out his senior season in high school due to a torn ACL he suffered last June. Though he's now a year removed, an extra year of rest would do his knee good.
Breneman is an early enrollee at Penn State and has been practicing in a limited fashion with the team this spring. According to Audrey Snyder on PennLive.com, the freshman has been wearing a no-contact jersey for the last few practices. He's apparently dealing with a right elbow issue.
Aside from needing time to let the injuries heal, Breneman should sit a year due to the fact that the Nittany Lions are already loaded at the tight end position.
Returning players include Kyle Carter, Jesse James and Matt Lehman. All three finished in the top five on the team in receiving. Carter finished second on the team with 453 yards and James was second with five touchdowns.
In addition to the returning players, redshirt freshman Brent Wilkerson has really impressed the coaches this spring and is in line for playing time in 2013. O'Brien recently told Bob Flounders of PennLive.com that, "I can tell you that we really think highly of Wilkerson."
Though it may be tempting to add Breneman to the mix this season, the Nittany Lions would be smart to give him a redshirt. There's clearly a wealth of talent already at tight end and it's already going to be difficult to spread the ball around.
There's no question the tight end will be a huge part of the future at Penn State, especially when paired with top quarterback recruit Christian Hackenberg.
It's for that reason that caution must be taken with Breneman. Giving him a full year to get healthy and to learn the complex offense will only help him and his team in the long run.