The Ohio State Buckeyes have added yet another impressive piece to an already talented 2014 recruiting class. '14 ATH Curtis Samuel from Erasmus Hall (NY) decided today that he wanted to play his college football career in Columbus, to wear the scarlet and gray, in lieu of staying home and playing for Rutgers.
If you have watched tape on Curtis Samuel, you can immediately see why Urban Meyer and Tom Herman should be excited to have him apart of their power spread offense in Columbus. Samuel, a 6'0", 185-pound athlete with a reported 4.36 40 time, has versatility and big-play ability written all over him. While at Erasmus Hall, Samuel lined up just about everywhere; wide receiver, running back, safety, and a return specialist.
Primarily used as a running back on offense for the Dutchmen, Samuel recorded 1,047 yards on the ground and 13 touchdowns on 91 attempts last season. Lining up out wide was no problem either, as he scored three times on only 12 catches with 187 yards receiving. Samuel also reached the end-zone two more times as a punt returner for his team.
It has been rumored for quite some time that Samuel was a virtual lock to Ohio State and it was only an issue of when, not if, Samuel would pull the trigger. Only a few more spots remain, but this class is already ranked in the top ten nationally, and still has time to grow even stronger.
According to the 247Composite rankings, Samuel is listed as the No. 2 ranked player in the state of New York, the No. 8 ranked athlete and the No. 118 best player in the country. The 4-star talent has an impressive offer sheet of 14, which includes programs like; Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Florida, Clemson, USC and of course, Ohio State. Samuel picked up his offer from the Buckeyes on February 13th of this year and eventually determined that Columbus is where he needed to be.
Samuel's high school head coach Danny Landberg was rumored to have been in Columbus earlier this week to meet with Ohio State's staff one final time to make sure he had a good feel about Columbus as a landing place for his electric playmaker. Based on today's announcement, one can only assume the visit went rather well.
Samuel was one of the principal players in a minor controversy earlier this offseason after the Ohio State staff reported Urban Meyer's old school Florida for a so-called bump violation. A report on the Rivals network implicated Florida's Brian White for talking to Samuel during a dead period in which contact between coaches and recruits is strictly verboten.
You can check out the future Buckeye in action below:
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