“[Curtis] Samuel has emerged as Meyer's best hybrid receiver-running back since Harvin, and in the process, Samuel is inspiring kids in the New York projects to love football.”
Ohio State’s most exciting player is Curtis Samuel. A lack of touches just a few weeks ago struck an angry nerve in all Buckeye fans. Since then, the Buckeyes have strung together a pair of blowout wins, and are now back to looking like their early-season dominant form. But football is just a part of Curtis Samuel, the man. Samuel, who is from New York, has been an inspiration for those back in his hometown of Brooklyn. Danny Landberg, who coahed Samuel in high school said, "I always felt like he was 'the one' and kids from Brooklyn need their own Jackie Robinson, so to speak, to look up and see anything is possible.”
That’s a lot to ask of Samuel to live up to, but he’s having one heck of a year, and for a place like Brooklyn that doesn’t produce a lot of football talent, he’s a superstar. This happened in part because Landberg made sure he was seen. "Most kids from New York City don't get seen because they don't go anywhere," Landberg said. "We flipped the bill to go out there and meet them and let them know this was real." At first Meyer was skeptical, but we can all agree he’s worked out pretty well.
“Ohio State's three top outside receivers? They contributed five catches for 56 yards - and Urban Meyer loved how they played.”
Ohio State has scored 62 points in both of their past two games. While that is awesome for all of us who watch Ohio State football, the receivers haven’t gotten in on much of the scoring. In fact, according to Lesmerises, the Bucks top three receivers have contributed just five receptions for 56 yards. The best part of that? Urban Meyer is totally fine with it. Meyer said, "Their blocking two weeks in a row was outstanding." He added that the receivers had played their best games back-to-back. And hey, if the Buckeyes keep winning by 59 points, there probably won’t be too many complaints.
The receivers in question are Noah Brown, Parris Campbell, and Terry McLaurin. Curtis Samuel, Dontre Wilson, and K.J. Hill have been putting in work. Probably the greatest thing we’ve seen in the past two weeks in Samuel getting his hands on the ball, and making fans of opposing teams hold their breath. As long as Samuel keeps producing the way he is, coupled with the bruising runs of Mike Weber, the Ohio State offense is just fine. Especially with the cushion they’ve been letting the defense play with.
“It would have been a weird twist of karma had Urban Meyer and Ohio State lost Jamarco Jones.”
There’s always good recruiting stories, or at least interesting to hear ones regarding good players in college football. Jamarco Jones was one player that Urban Meyer wanted a lot. In 2014, Jones took a visit to Michigan State a few days before National Signing Day, and had Meyer pretty nervous. "I probably talked to his mom over the weekend 60 times, because she was all Buckeye," Meyer told Landis. "I had her on speed-dial nonstop until they gave the, 'Everything is OK.'"
And while Meyer would rather recruits not take other visits, he understands that it’s what is best for them, and what they need to do in deciding on their future. “There's really only one person that matters in this whole equation and that's the player,” Meyer said. “If he ultimately decided that was a better place, that would have been a hard pill to swallow, but so be it." Since being at Ohio State, Jones has been mentored by the likes of now Detroit Lion Taylor Decker, and Billy Price. So when it came to this season, his first as a starter, he was ready.