Penn State recruit Adam Breneman talks music

Daily Dose: Elite tight end tunes in to zone out

It’s official. Former Cedar Cliff (Camp Hill, Pa.) standout tight end Adam Breneman recently wrapped his high school days with a few final exams before graduating early en route to Penn State.

Today Breneman is officially a Nittany Lion. And his early college transition brings him one step to his ultimate goal — getting drafted by an NFL team.

The background on his phone is even set with a picture of the NFL draft stage as a constant motivator.

Also on his phone — music, which Breneman tunes into to pump up before workouts and games. Natch, we wanted to know the jams that keep his mind straight.

What does music do for your mood?
Music just gets my blood flowing and gets me going. I love working out to music. Without it, I don’t like working out that much.

So what music gives you a jolt?
I listen to all kinds of music — modern stuff and country music, too. I also like Christian rappers.

What artists are you down with?
I listen to tobyMac. I’m a Hunter Hayes fan, too. I also like Huey Mack, MGK, Lecrae, Chris August and Mat Kearny.  

Any ladies make the cut?
I’m a Taylor Swift fan.

Taylor Swift? That seems unexpected. What else on your playlist might people find surprising?
I listen to a lot of Gospel music — not like old school style, but Lecrae and tobyMac. They’re great Christian rappers who have good meaning behind their songs.

And what’s the takeaway for you?
It’s pretty much the same message any Christian song would have but it’s rap — that’s why I like it. A lot of rap these days is about sex, drugs and alcohol. What these guys (Lecrae and tobyMac) are wrapping about has a deeper meaning.

All right, let’s switch gears. What three songs are you really into right now?
“Cheers” by Huey Mack. It’s more hip-hop, not straight-up rap; “End of the Road” (feat. Blackbear) by MGK; and “The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes. It’s a pump up song that’s talking about “me against the world” and erases all the doubt around you.

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Penn State recruit Adam Breneman talks music
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