Kerner, who is being recruited as a defensive end but also plays fullback, was recently offered by the Scarlet Knights, giving him more than a half-dozen BCS offers.
"I know about (Rutgers coach) Greg Schiano, and he turned the program around,'' Kerner said. "I really like the program because of him. I want to try and get down there. They were at the school about a week ago visiting, so I want to try and get down there.''
In fact, Rutgers assistant coach Robb Smith was in the Erie, Pa., area to visit Fairview High and learn more about Kerner.
"It's been getting crazy,'' Kerner said. "At times it gets overwhelming, but it's a good problem to have so I just try to enjoy it. I look at the opportunity. I don't want to complain about having the opportunity.''
Kerner said he holds written offers from the Scarlet Knights, Boston College, Virginia, Minnesota, Iowa, West Virginia and Maryland. He is also getting interest from Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Penn State.
But if the Nittany Lions offer, they could be tough to beat. He lives about three hours from the campus, grew up watching Penn State and a few relatives attend school there.
"I'm really interested in Penn State, just because I've been around them for a while,'' Kerner said." Maryland, I was just there and loved it just because I liked the campus, but I don't want to think about a decision yet because I haven't seen all the other schools.
"But Penn State, that's a big one. If they ended up offering me, it would be a big choice, but I would want to see what the other campuses had to offer, too. But Penn State, I grew up watching it, so it would be like a dream.''
Kerner already visited Penn State, West Virginia and Maryland. He plans on visiting plenty of other schools, and will look hard at the academic side.
He intends to major in engineering, and will research the engineering programs at the schools recruiting him.
"I'm looking at academics first,'' he said. "I'm trying to look at the schools with the better engineering programs. That's what I've been trying to look for. Penn State has a really good one, Northwestern … I know Maryland has one. Those are the ones I know of.''