Kerner Leaves Impressed with Hawk Program

Jordan Kerner, a fast rising defensive end prospect from Pennsylvania, came out to Iowa City this weekend to get a look at the Hawkeye program. The Class of 2011 recruit left impressed with the Iowa coaches, facilities and campus. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder with a big motor. Find out about his visit and his recruitment in this update feature.

Jordan Kerner has watched Iowa football from afar. The Pennsylvania native received an up-close view of a Hawkeye game day would be like on his visit to Iowa City this weekend.

"(The coaches) brought us to the locker room and then down the tunnel into the stadium," Kerner said. "It opened up into the stadium. It was pretty cool."

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end from Fairview High was impressed with what he saw at Iowa.

"I really liked it a lot," Kerner said. "I got more of a feel for how the program works. I got to meet the strength and conditioning coach (Chris Doyle), who is one of the best in the country.

"It's a stable program. All the coaches have been together for a long time. That's important."

Kerner holds scholarship offers from Iowa, Rutgers, West Virginia, Boston College, Minnesota and Maryland. However, it's the offer he has yet to receive that could hold the key to his future destination.

Like many kids in his home state, Kerner grew up rooting for Penn State. He attended the Blue and White game in the spring and set up a camp visit to Happy Valley on June 25th.

"They've told me they're 95 percent sure they're going to offer me, but they want to see me at camp first," Kerner said of the Nittany Lions. "I'm going to check the place out and I hope to get an offer then."

Kerner admitted that Penn State would jump up to the top, or near it, for his services, if they were to offer.

"Yeah, they would, but I'm still keeping everything open," he said. "I really like Iowa. If I tour Penn State and there's something I don't like, I might go to Iowa or somewhere else.

"I really like the environment at Iowa. I need to like the environment wherever I go."

Offensive Coordinator Ken O'Keefe is leading Iowa's recruitment of Kerner.

"He's really nice. I like him a lot," Kerner said. "He's really down to earth and I get a lot of information about Iowa from him."

Kerner and his mother sat down with head coach Kirk Ferentz on the visit.

"It was real nice," the prep standout said. "We talked for about an hour about a lot of things, not just football. We talked about how I would fit in and where I would play. He also wanted to know about me.

"He told me he played fullback (in the Pittsburg area) and was friends with a coach from back home that I know."

Kerner said college coaches have complimented him about his explosiveness and his combination of size and speed.

"I'm working on playing more with my hands," Kerner said. "I want to get better at disengaging. I haven't done much of that."

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