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."