July 7, 2010

Kerner explains his decision

Fairview, Pennsylvania defensive end Jordan Kerner made his decision on Wednesday and he doesn't plan on changing his mind.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound lineman from the Keystone State committed to Penn State, a school that has been on his mind for a long time.

For a good while Penn State had been very quiet on the recruiting trails with Class of 2011 prospects. Now the Nittany Lions are starting to build a little momentum.

"I just committed today at noon," Kerner said. "Basically, I just talked to my mom. Last week I said I'd give myself a week in case I was going to change my mind. I called up coach McQueary and he said they're happy to have me on board. Then I told everyone else about it.

"I feel extremely comfortable with Penn State. I went through the facilities and it's a beautiful place. I felt like it's where I needed to be. I had been around the campus before and I really enjoyed it. I'll be taking engineering as my major and their engineering school is one of the best in the country. Everyone around our area follows Penn State."

Kerner said the Nittany Lions have told him he will be playing defensive end, though they could give him a shot at tight end.

He said he had narrowed his choices to Penn State and Iowa prior to making his decision.

Kerner is ranked the No. 16 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com. He is Penn State's third commitment, with the second being Shawn Oakman, who announced his decision

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