Kerner makes the call
After waiting over a month between grabbing their first and second verbal commitments, it didn't take long for Penn State to find a third. Fairview (Pa.) defensive end Jordan Kerner jumped on board on Wednesday afternoon as the newest Nittany Lion.
"I've talked to coach McQueary," he said. "They're excited. He said that another D-End committed there, too, so now they've got two D-Ends and it's looking good for the defensive line."
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect, who grew up a Penn State fan, chose the Nittany Lions over Iowa. He also had scholarship offers from Boston College, Maryland, Minnesota, Rutgers and West Virginia.
"I've been to the campus before, and I always hear about Penn State around this area. Everyone's wearing it, everyone loves it. I almost felt like obligated to go there. It was still my choice to go there, but everyone grows up loving Penn State, and I just really liked it there, too. Playing in front of 110,000 people sounds really nice, too."
Kerner also sought advice from a player who had to make the same choice in his area just a few years ago.
"I talked to [Penn State safety] Drew Astorino on Facebook, and I asked him why he chose Penn State. He just told me he wanted to be closer to friends and family and have them watch him play. I felt the same way," said Kerner. "I wasn't sure if I should have made that a more important aspect of my decision. He did the same thing, so I felt more comfortable following that gut feeling. That's how I kind of settled it. I loved both schools - Iowa and Penn State, but I liked being closer."
The three-star prospect was a second team all-state selection as a linebacker and was a part of the Erie Times-News All-District 10 team in 2009. He recorded nine sacks on the season.
He is ranked No. 16 in the Pennsylvania top 40 preseason rankings.