And it didn’t take the Buckeyes long to impress Nuernberger.
The senior kicker participated in Ohio State’s specialist camp Monday and today and accepted a scholarship on the spot.
The place kicker had been in contact with Louisville and Kentucky and went down to Alabama’s camp as a punter, but when the opportunity to join Ohio State came about, he couldn’t pass it up.
“I’ve really fallen in love with the school,” he said. “I want to go to med school and that’s a great place for all that.
“Walking into The Horseshoe for the first time is an experience you can’t get anywhere else. We went out there and started kicking and it was great. I’ve never felt anything like that. I met Urban Meyer and got to talk to him a little bit.
“I kicked a little this morning; things went well. I talked to Coach Kerry Coombs for a while. Everything was amazing. It was a 'wow' factor. They told me they want me to be their kicker for the next four years. I couldn’t turn it down. ”
Nuernberger comes with a pedigree as his father, Kai Nuernberger, played on the German national basketball team. The family moved to the United States when Sean was in third grade.
Last season, he was 7-of-12 with a long of 48 yards, although it should be noted three of those misses were on blocks because of a breakdown in the offensive line.
He’s also a punter -- he averaged 43.5 yards last season -- but place kicking is his specialty.
There will be an opportunity to start right away as Drew Basil will be a senior this fall. That enticed Nuernberger as well.
“It wasn’t a factor in terms of picking a school, but I’m not one to sit back and watch someone else do my job,” Nuernberger said. “It’s super exciting. I want to come in my freshman year and get the job done.”
In terms of coming and dealing with the pressure, that shouldn’t be a problem, either. If there’s ever been a question, he’s always turned to his father for advice.
“It definitely helps,” Nuernberger said. “In terms of not getting in over your head or not getting cocky at that stuff, he’s been there. If I look back, my dad played in the Olympics. That’s a step above anything.
“If I have a question, he’s there for me. He’s helping me work out. He’s definitely helped me in terms of getting me to where I’m at."