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Ohio State Lands Kicker/Punter Sean Nuernberger for 2014 Recruiting Class

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 28:  Urban Meyer speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of Ohio State football on November 28, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2013

Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes have found a kicker for their 2014 recruiting class.

Sean Nuernberger, a kicker/punter from Buckner, Ky. who was born in Germany, announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he has committed to Ohio State:

It's done! Officially committed to play football for THE Ohio State University! #BUCKEYENATION

— Sean Nuernberger (@SeanSeanThinks) June 11, 2013

Nuernberger committed following his performance at Ohio State's three-day kicking camp (247Sports.com subscription required), becoming the 10th member of the Buckeyes' recruiting class.

According to LandGrantHolyLand.com, the talented kicker was also showing interest in Kentucky, Louisville, Notre Dame and Purdue, but he couldn't pass up a chance to play for Meyer and the Buckeyes.

Nuernberger spoke with Jeremy Birmingham of ElevenWarriors.com about how his commitment went down:

I was there yesterday and they asked me to stay another night and kicked again this morning one final time and was called up to 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.

Nuernberger's immediate commitment shows how eager he is to play for Ohio State. This is good news for the Buckeyes, who desperately need depth at the position.

Meyer was sent scrambling when one-time Ohio State pledge Johnny Townsend, a 2-star punter according to 247Sports.com, wavered on his commitment on national signing day last February. Townsend, who was expected to replace former punter Ben Buchanan, committed to Florida the next day.

With few options and a sizable hole on his depth chart, Meyer handed over the punting duties to place-kicker Drew Basil this spring.

Meyer's fortunes changed last week, though, when Australian punter Cameron Johnston accepted a scholarship offer from Ohio State. Johnston, who has a huge leg but has never played American football, will likely take over the starting punting position if he transitions smoothly.

With Nuernberger's commitment, Ohio State now has depth at a position that was a huge question mark just last week. His versatility as a kicker and punter also gives Meyer a viable replacement for Basil, who graduates after this season.

Highlights of Nuernberger's junior season can be seen below:

 

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.

Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412

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