Big 33 Set to Kick Off

Following a busy week of preparations, the PNC Big 33 Football Classic is set to tip off at 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 18. Suiting up for the Pennsylvania squad will be two Penn State recruits, Jordan Kerner and Shawn Oakman. The pair are projected to start on opposite ends of the defensive line when the Ohio squad has the ball.

Adding to the drama of this year's Big 33 matchup are the questions hanging over the Ohio State Buckeye football program, as it's no secret that the growing rivalry between the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions provides for excitement during the buildup to the "Super Bowl of High School Football." This term itself also remains fitting, as there has never been a Super Bowl played without at least one former participant from the Big 33 Classic.

Tonight's game marks the 19th matchup of the series between Ohio and the Keystone state with the record knotted at 9-9.

This year's Big 33 Classic features Ty Law as honorary chairperson. The game will be broadcast live in Pennsylvania on PCN.

Nittany Lion recruits Kerner and Oakman took a few minutes during their practice this week to speak to FOS. Oakman, who missed all Big 33 activities on Thursday when he returned home for his high school graduation, clearly fired up for the game and says he is "just ready to hit someone," and related some moments from his recruiting, while Kerner, along with his Big 33 "buddy" Cameron reflected a quiet confidence. Both were honored to participate in the Big 33 classic. Hear what they had to say below.

Jordan Kerner

Shawn Oakman

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