Penn State's O'Brien building momentum on the recruiting trail

Bill O'Brien may have lost a few of Penn State's top Class of 2012 prospects in the latter stages of this past recruiting cycle, but the first-year Nittany Lions head coach is off to a tremendous start as he begins to assemble his Class of 2013.

The former New England Patriots offensive coordinator is taking care of business in the university's backyard, snagging tight end Adam Breneman, who grew up less than two hours from Happy Valley. The potential five-star prospect is the team's fourth top commitment in the 2013 class.

Penn State beat out Notre Dame, Ohio State and Maryland for Breneman, who is arguably the top junior tight end in the country. The 6-5, 225-pounder could be the tonic to the team's woes at the position since Andrew Quarless graduated after the 2009 season.

Breneman joins recent commitments Garrett Sickles, Christian Hackenberg and Ross Douglas as verbal commits to O'Brien's first full class. Sickels is a defensive end from New Jersey who was pursued by Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Notre Dame; Hackenberg is a quarterback from Virginia who makes up for the Lions missing out on signal-caller Skyler Mornhinweg this past February; and Ross Douglas is an Ohio cornerback who is also one of the best at his position nationally.

Certainly, O'Brien is building a ton of momentum on the recruiting trail despite the cloud that still hangs over the program with the Jerry Sandusky trial looming.

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