"It was very special to see it, it was a moment in history," Kerner told FightOnState.com. "We were sitting near the student section and got the entire vibe. It was awesome."
Kerner was one of the first to commit to Penn State in the class of 2011, choosing the program in early July over Iowa. He says that the school's proximity to home coupled with its strong engineering program were the two deciding factors in why he became a Nittany Lion. While he maintains respect for Iowa, a program he said he "really got to know well," the chance to play in-state and get a top-tier engineering education was important to him.
"I know a lot of guys on the team have gone through the engineering program so I know I can do it," Kerner said.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound lineman, who holds a 3.85 GPA and was invited to be in his high school's National Honors Society, has been to several other games on campus this fall and might be going to the upcoming Michigan State game. His official visit will be the first weekend in December. He will be joined by several other commits and a number of other recruits.
"I hope maybe they'll see that game on Saturday and see how they beat Michigan and realize that this is going to be a good year for Penn State," Kerner said. "It's a young team too, they're going to be good for a while."
This weekend, Kerner and Fairview are heading into the playoffs. At 7-2, they're having a solid season and by his count, he is averaging nearly 10 tackles a game and has five sacks. He's also been the team's featured running back this fall, carrying a heavy burden on both sides of the ball.
"Penn State still wants me as a defensive end, though," Kerner said. "They want me to get up around 260 pounds to play that position."
Kerner also recently received an invite to participate in this spring's Chesapeake Bowl, an invite-only game for the top athletes in the mid-Atlantic region.. Also playing in the game is Penn State commit Angelo Mangiro.