Newcomer Profile - Adam Serena

A look at incoming tight end Adam Serena.

Adam Serena
Tight End, 6-3, 223 lbs., 4.7
South Allegheny High, McKeesport, Pa.

Tight end that reminds many of a young Anthony Becht … a probable redshirt year should allow him to put on substantial weight … was drastically underused on a 1-9 South Allegheny team in class 2A

Despite catching just 11 passes for 130 yards, he received several honors … named second-team all-state for Pennsylvania Small Schools, which includes classes 1A and 2A … named as a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22 … also named to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific 25

"He's a real good athlete," WVU head coach Rich Rodriguez said. "He plays very hard. He, probably, could also play defensive end. But we're going to look at him as a tight end, first."

Named to the all-Century Conference first-team … McKeesport Daily News dream team … rated as the No. 42 tight end prospect in the country by with three stars … chose WVU in the summer of 2001 after attending Rodriguez's summer camp … selected the Mountaineers over early offers from UConn and Temple

An excellent student at South Allegheny, he will enroll in general studies at WVU … son of Alan and Susan Serena … father is a West Virginia grad and is currently the general manager of WIXZ radio in Pittsburgh, which has been an affiliate of the Mountaineer Sports Network, carrying football games in the past … now that the general manager's son is playing for the Mountaineers, you'd have to think the odds are good that WIXZ will be a MSN member again soon.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "Adam committed early to us. He's a tight end who we think will grow to about 245 pounds. He's an honor student who probably could play defensive end, but we're going to look at a tight end first."

What Herb Hand says: "I'll tell you right now that I love Adam Serena. I'm partial to him because he plays tight end and I coach tight ends. But the thing I like about him is that he came here to camp, did a great job while he was here and worked his butt off. Then during the season he would come to our games.

"He understands the role of the tight end in our offense. He understands that role and accepts that role. He knows that sometimes he'll be on the field a lot and sometimes not as much, depending on what the defense is giving us. He accepts that role. He is a guy who wants to be here. He's a West Virginia guy. His dad is an alum and is a true blue Mountaineer."

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