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Report: Curtis Samuel Latest Buckeye Underclassman Turning Pro
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS — Per Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel is the latest Buckeye underclassmen to decide to forego the rest of his eligibility and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

The news does not come as a surprise, as the surprises now come from players announcing that they are returning.

Samuel led the Buckeyes with 74 receptions, 865 yards receiving, and seven touchdowns in 2016. The 74 receptions were the second-most in school history behind David Boston's 85 in 1998. Samuel also finished third on the team with 97 rushing attempts for 771 yards and eight touchdowns.

Samuel was named a First-Team All-American for his efforts as a true junior this past season.

With 1,286 yards rushing and 1,249 yards receiving in his career, Samuel is the first Buckeye to ever exceed the 1,000-yard mark in both categories. Others who came close include Bo Rein (929 receiving, 938 rushing) and Keith Byars (882 receiving, 3,200 rushing).

Mock drafts currently have Samuel pegged for somewhere in the first three rounds. Speaking about the NFL earlier in the season, Samuel wasn't sure what his future position would be, but as he showed throughout his career, his versatility will be more of an asset than a hindrance.

Samuel is now the fifth Ohio State underclassman to turn pro this year, joining safety Malik Hooker, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, receiver Noah Brown, and cornerback Gareon Conley. Cornerback Marshon Lattimore still hasn't made his announcement, though he is expected to declare for the draft when he finally reveals his decision.

12:04 pm Update: Samuel has announced his intentions to leave via Twitter.

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