Kerner Talks PSU Decision

Defensive end gives the lowdown on why he joined the Nittany Lions' Class of 2011. A strong performance at camp was a key to it all.

As soon as he got the offer, Fairview, Pa., defensive end Jordan Kerner knew that Penn State was the place he wanted to be.

Last Tuesday at camp, Kerner ran the 40 and did a workout in front of the Penn State coaching staff. His 40 time, he said, was "a 4.67" and impressed the coaches. Along with that time and an strong display during bag drills, Kerner got the coaches talking. He took a tour of campus and the team's facilities and was blown away.

The next day, Kerner was given an offer by Penn State.

"I was extremely excited, I wanted to sign then and there," Kerner told "But I wanted to take a week, take things in and then decide."

Weighing the options — Kerner was down to Iowa and Penn State — he went with his heart and committed to the Nittany Lions. He credits his time in camp, working with defensive line coach Larry Johnson, with helping in the process. Working with Johnson was eye opening for the player.

"He's a lot of fun but he's intense," Kerner said. "Very detailed. He tells you exactly what he wants and how he wants it done."

Kerner said that when he visited for a game last year, he was blown away with Beaver Stadium and the atmosphere and "wanted to play in that kind of an environment." He will study engineering at what he called "one of the best schools for engineering in the country." He'll be visiting campus in a week or two to meet with head coach Joe Paterno and Kerner said that PSU is where fans should expect to see him in 2011.

"I'm solid on Penn State," Kerner said.

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