Urban Meyer is a recruiting fiend.
After taking a dip down under to recruit 21 year-old Australian Punter Cameron Johnston, Meyer and the Buckeyes have now added a German born kicker to the 2014 recruiting class. Sean Nuernberger, a kicker/punter from Buckner, Ky. made his verbal commitment to play for the Scarlet and Gray on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
The announcement came after Nuernberger participated in Ohio State’s three-day kicking camp, according to 247 Sports. Coaches were impressed with Nuernberger, and why wouldn’t they be! Nuernberger is a tank.
The 6-foot-2, 220 pound Kentucky native is big for a kicker. His leg, well that’s even bigger.
Despite being recruited by schools such as Louisville, Kentucky, and Alabama, Nuernberger just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play for the Buckeyes.
In an interview with Jeremy Birmingham and ElevenWarriors.com, Nuernberger told the abridged version of why he decided to verbally commit: “”I was [in Columbus] 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.”
Now, you might be saying, “a verbal commitment is useless until pen is put to paper.” I agree with you. However, the fact that he accepted the offer right away, and only a few days after kicking for Alabama, shows his eagerness to be a Buckeye. You might also be asking, “why on earth is the staff putting time and resources towards getting a punter and kicker, let alone an international punter?”
First, I’d say that’s a long question. Second, I’d say Ohio State is in desperate need of special teams experts. You might remember Johnny Townsend waiving his commitment to play at Ohio State last February on national signing day. You might also remember how horrible current Ohio State Kicker Drew Basil was at punting this last season. With Basil graduating after this upcoming season, these are two solid additions for the programs already-bright future. Take it to the bank.
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