12 September 2011
The lost position over the years at Florida State has been at tight end. Jimbo Fisher and the FSU staff seem poised and dedicated to correcting this to fully see the fortunes of what this offense could mature to be. Evidenced by landing the consensus #1 TE in the country in the last recruiting cycle, in Nick O’Leary, and having one of the most sought after TE’s in this, the 2012, recruiting cycle committed in Orange, California tight end Christo Kourtzidis, while continuing to recruit Land O’Lakes tight end Kent Taylor. It does not stop there however, as the FSU coaching staff are already setting their sights on the 2013 class with what may be target number one at tight end target, Cedar Cliff’s high Adam Breneman from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
I spent some time about a week ago with Adam discussing his recruitment, where his interest lies, and his thoughts on some of the schools in Florida.
A season ago the 6’5 220 pound Tight End from Pennsylvania caught 60 passes for 863 yards and schools began taking notice.
Adam Breneman claims offers from many notable schools such as Alabama, Boston College, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia, and most recently Pittsburgh and Purdue.
Out of the big three in Florida, the Seminoles are the only school to offer to date—and Adam shared his thoughts on the Noles.
“Florida State has offered me, and I really like the whole program. It is a very successful and prestigious program, which has made it very attractive to me”
Though Florida State is the only school in Florida to offer him, he does hear from the Florida Gators as well. Adam added that offensive line coach Frank Verducci has been in contact with him, while Miami has had zero contact with Breneman. Who is recruiting Adam to Florida State? None other than the Offensive Coordinator the Cuban Coffee magician, James Coley. Adam spoke about his relationship with Coach Coley:
“I’ve spoken to Coach Coley a few times, and I would say that we have a good relationship. He is a great coach and an even better person that is awesome to talk to. I have a lot of respect for him”
In our conversation Adam shared what Coach Coley is relaying to him about how exactly he would be used, and Nick O’Leary is a good model:
“Coach Coley has told me that they are offering me as a tight end, but he made it clear that I would be a playmaker out of that position”
“Florida State has a great history with their tight ends, and I know that they produce NFL quality tight ends. That is very attractive to me because my ultimate goal is to play on Sundays”
Adam and his Cedar Cliff teammates are currently 2-0 on the young football season. Adam told me what his and his team goals were for this campaign:
“I think that as a team we have very high, but realistic expectations for the season. We have a ton of skill and we should have a very good year.
As a team, our goal is to win our division and host a playoff game. Last year we lost in the first round of the playoffs. We want to win in the playoffs this year.
Individually, my goal is to dominate the field of play every game. I don’t like to set specific stat goals, I just want to do whatever I can to help my team be successful. Though it would be nice to break my schools all-time receiving record, which I am on pace to do.”
While already gaining major interest from around the country, Adam still knows full well that there is room for improvement in his game:
“I want to work on getting bigger and stronger. There’s always room for improvement”
Looking in the mirror Adam feels the best part of his game is his receiving ability, and his speed.
“I run a 4.6”
Though Adam is a ways away from narrowing in on his college destination, he already has a foundation set to what he will be looking for.
“…Great academics, a program that takes academics very seriously. Also a program that will compete for championships, as well as an offense that will allow me to be a playmaker from tight end”
Great academics, a program that takes academics very seriously… a program that will compete for championships… and an offense that will allow me to be a playmaker from tight end.
Adam does not currently have set plans on where he will visit after his Junior season though he did say he would like to visit all the schools who have offered him, including FSU.
Adam currently has been to Notre Dame, Alabama, Penn State, Maryland, Virginia, and Rutgers.