Sean Nuernberger is Number 10

By Jeremy Birmingham on June 11, 2013 at 2:45p
Sean Nuernberger, a punter/kicker, is the 10th member of Ohio State's class of 2014

According to his Twitter, 2014 K/P Sean Nuernberger from Buckner (Ky.) has verbally committed to Ohio State. 

Nuernberger, 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, camped at Ohio State yesterday and clearly impressed the Buckeye staff. Ohio State's need for a specialist in this class was well-documented after Johnny Townsend was lost on signing day to Florida this past February.

"My kicking coach has been talking to Coach Coombs pretty heavily, and they've been talking to me the last few months about coming up here," Nuernberger said. "I was there yesterday and they asked me to stay another night and kicked again this morning one final time and was called up the football complex this afternoon. We had a meeting for about an hour and Coach Meyer extended the offer himself and I accepted it on the spot to kick there next year. I spent most of the time with Coach Coombs, but talked to Coach Meyer a bit last night and went into the office today for about a half-hour more."

The opportunity to kick at Ohio State was too much for Nuernberger to pass up. 

"There's been some other schools like Louisville and Kentucky in-state that I've been talking to and thinking about," he said. "I also went to Alabama a few days ago to punt, but my focus is place-kicking. Knowing Drew Basil only had a year left, my focus has been Ohio State, Ohio State, Ohio State and it worked out to be a good fit. I'm super excited about this right now."

What are the Buckeyes getting from the German-native, who moved to the US with his family after the third grade? Well, a big leg and Olympic pedigree, Nuernberger's father was an Olympic basketball player for the German national team.

"I feel when I am on I'm pretty good," he told Eleven Warriors. "Pressure doesn't get to me really, Coach Coombs was there yelling in my ear while I was kicking and it didn't get to me, so I feel that's my strong point, dealing with pressure. I've got a big leg I've been told, and I've hit 65-yard field goals before and can be pretty accurate from that distance."

"Ohio State's been my number one for a while, so this is really just an incredible day."




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ATXbucknut's picture

We're going to kick the crap out of M!chigan.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Sweet! Return of the greybox!

"2014 National with it!!!"

Northbrook's picture

Yep, love the greybox of goodness.

Danify's picture

Curious is this an scholarship commit or preferred walk-on, because I haven't heard of Sean Nuernberger getting an offer before this post.

ATXbucknut's picture

He earned it over the last couple days apparently kicking on campus.

bucknasty13's picture

The write-up says he accepted on the spot.

bucknasty13's picture

accidentally posted twice

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

This is a 100-percent offer. 

RedStorm45's picture

Until Urbz closes crazy on signing day and we run out of spots again...?

OSUs12-OH's picture the positivity Red.  I think if you read this article (that I've posted before) may help clear up your BS false information that you're still trying to spread.  Townsend decided to stay close to home...not Urban telling him and his parents not to commit like many are still saying apparently.

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Buckeyeneer's picture

Wow! I didn't see this one coming!

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

Denny's picture

Punting is winning


BTBuckeye's picture

Kid has ankles of steel...Recruitin' in Merica

Citrus's picture

Sorta surprised that there are two special teamers on scholarship considering how tight it is.

Dude looks like he can kick! Welcome!

osubuck57's picture

Punter counts as 2013 scholarship, not 2014. Sean counts in 2014,Kicker/Punter


Citrus's picture

I get that but really it is irrelevant. Regardless of where he is slotted, it counts against our scholie total which is reduced by 3.

Citrus's picture

2015 is the first year the reduction is removed?

Squirrel Master's picture

Think of it this way Citrus, Basil is probably already on Scholly. He is done after this year, so Nuernberger will just take over that scholly right after.
I don't see a scholarship being taken over by a kicker, just a scholly that is used by a kicker each year like it has been.
Buchanon probably had a scholarship last year too.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Just think, assuming it works out for Johnston and Nuernberger @ OSU, that will mean not having to use a scholarship on either position for the next 4-5 years. 

Citrus's picture

Agreed, but a little surprised they didn't try to get through a year with a kid doing double duty. Glad we have a punter this year though. Need to win tight games in order to bring home that NC.

Buckeye06's picture

I mean we need to have a place kicker after Basil of course so this helps.  The 2015 class will have more numbers and won't need to spend any on specialists
Congrats Sean and welcome to Buckeye Nation

Lawver_5's picture

Agreed, now we will be able to use more schollies on skill players for the next couple years without worrying who our kicker/punter will be

OSUs12-OH's picture

I guess we got our answer if the staff was going to offer a scholarship to a K/P this year.  Welcome Sean to Buckeye Nation and nice pic on your Twitter account too btw;-)  He has good taste:-)

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Story updated with quotes from Sean.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Thanks Jeremy. I hope you've recovered from your trip up north.

OSUs12-OH's picture

I bet he felt like he needed a shower/bath after that visit.  

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Citrus's picture

The quotes made me more excited. Thanks.

FROMTHE18's picture

cant wait for Coach Coombs to rip into this one...

Buckeye06's picture

He apparently already tried haha

fear_the_nut70's picture

If you can kick with coach Coombs yelling in your ear, you could probably kick in the middle of a hurricane.  Welcome Sean to Buckeye Nation!

brandonbauer87's picture

I really think kicker is an under appreciated recruit. If we miss on a kicker it's a wasted scholarship. If you miss on a linebacker you can usually count on him playing special teams at least. I'm actually really happy that this position of need got addressed early on. 

GABuckeye's picture

Another berger that Hoke didn't get his fingers on....

BME_Buckeye's picture

Its Alex according to Hoke

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Bwwwaaa haaa haaa!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Good deal.  Between him and Johnston, we should be in good shape on Special Teams.  How would you pronounce the last name?  It looks like it could be "Newer-n-berger" or "Noor-n-berger".

Class of 2010.

Earle's picture


Snarkies gonna snark. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

I read it closer to your second pronunciation.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

BME_Buckeye's picture

I've hit 65-yard field goals before and can be pretty accurate from that distance

Hell, yeah! I like the sound of that and his video looks good! Another man of the scarlet and grey to OSU! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


TMac's picture

"I've hit 65-yard field goals before and can be pretty accurate from that distance"


ONE Not Done!

droessl's picture

Hope he knows get his stretching done early! 

d1145fresh's picture

But... but... but.... I just gave my prediction of how we finish this class and I didn't know Sean had a scholarship. 
Still congrats Sean and welcome to the family. If you stay accurate from 65+ in I think Coach Coombs will let you have a glass of water. Maybe even some gatorade. 

Hovenaut's picture

Wow, good for him. Like the fact 'Bama looked at him as well, albeit punting. Not at all expected, but like the aspect of nabbing a kicker and punter in the same class.

Welcome aboard Sean Nuernberger!

harleymanjax's picture

Willkommen im Team Herr Nürnberger, bleiben weg von der Wasser-Kühler!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

45OH4IO's picture

Love the fact that he iz German, he has a perfect kicker name! Haha.
Urban has out-Tresseled himself in the past week+.

Squirrel Master's picture

He kicks bombs but I wonder if his short follow through might be limiting his length. I wonder if he learns how to properly follow through if it will add some distance to his kickoffs.
although I do like the short follow through because he could get injured if he has a long follow through.
Although, although, a long follow through can get some extra yards sometimes if/when a defender runs into the kicker.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

NW Buckeye's picture

That was my initial thought on watching his highlights.  However, I am a firm believer in the old adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" 

GV9's picture


Earle's picture


Snarkies gonna snark. 

Braxton2Devin's picture

Gut! Ich hoffe mich, dass er eine gute Karriere auf OSU wird haben!

razrback16's picture

Sounds good to me.

OSUBias's picture

He kicked off at least 15 times against one team in that highlight video. Poor saps. After like the 5th straight touchback they should have just put it on the 20 like in pee wees.

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

CowCat's picture

That dude is huge.   Are we certain he's not on scholly to play OT?

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

NYBUCKEYE's picture
  • I'd go to jail for his girlfriend tho.....
MN Buckeye's picture

Gotta admit, I was just a little disappointed when he kicked off less than 70 yards and more disappointed on the one less than 65 yards.
Good gracious, what a leg!

buck-I.8's picture

Wait, hold on. He was talking to Kentucky, but managed to commit here instead of to MARK STOOPS, GOD OF ALL RECRUITS? 
Oh wait, he actually had an offer.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Awesome clip of him kicking!  He sure does have a great leg.  Welcome to Buckeye Nation Sean Nuernberger!!  Glad to have ya!
Go Bucks!!

zenshade's picture

I know scholarships are tight, but if you're a major college team, you should always have at least one kicker and one punter scholarship player.  And if you're Jim Tressel, you have TWO. :)
And then you hedge your bets with some promising walk-ons that show potential to earn a scholarship.

KBonay's picture

+1 for the AD reference

HolyBuckeye1093's picture

Man! Even the kickers and punters Urban is brining in are great athletes!

pjtobin's picture

What a great leg this young man is blessed with. Maybe we can chant NNNUUUUUUUUBBBBBBB. As we did before with NNNUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGG. I'm highly impressed with his highlight video. I can't wait to see him drop some 50+ bombs, with UFM in his ear. So will he punt, kickoff, or place kick for us? Or do all three? 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad.