Through a poor showing on the field for UA that resulted in the firing of its coach, Kern never backed out of his commitment to the school while Greg Byrne searched for his new football coach.
After a January official visit to meet Rich Rodriguez and his staff, Kern was reminded of why he wanted to be a Wildcat in the first place.
"I committed early to Arizona and from then on I was really happy," Kern said. "The coaching staff changed for awhile and I kind of worried about it. Things seem great now though so I just can't wait.
"I got good vibes from both coaching staffs. The first coaching staff I talked to mainly coach (Frank) Scelfo and he was a great guy; I talked to him more than once a week. Now with the new staff I feel that same vibe. It's that family vibe that coach Rodriguez is trying to set up that just feels right.
"Coach Rodriguez seems like a great guy. I was out there two weekends ago and I got to hang out with the whole coaching staff for a few days and it was a great time."
Even though all eyes will be on him when he makes his pledge to the Wildcats official with his Letter of Intent, the nation's 120th best quarterback is instead focused on making sure he acknowledges everyone who got him in the position he's currently in.
"We're having a little thing at my school," Kern said. "It's crazy to finally be signing. I'm extremely excited to finally do it.
"I feel like it's a day to give thanks. I owe so much to so many people that helped me get here; so many coaches, friends and family, so it's more for them I'd say."
While the 6-foot-5, 185-pound signal caller is still mulling over what he hopes to accomplish, he has a clear idea of what he wants to accomplish as not only a member, but as the potential future leader of the football team at the University of Arizona.
"I haven't really thought about my personal goals yet," Kern said. "I just want to get down there and get settled first and see how I fit in.
"As a team we need to get back to where we were a few years ago. From there we need to exceed that and get back to a bowl game. From that bowl game we need to get to more bowl games."