Sweet 17: Curtis Samuel Comes to Columbus
By Michael Chung
The inevitable became official this Friday when Brooklyn, NY prospect Curtis Samuel pledged to become the 17th member of the 2014 class that will number around 22.
Standing 6’0”and weighing 185 pounds, Samuel has the sub 4.4 speed Urban Meyer covets. The writing was on the wall this week as his high school football coach, Danny Landberg, came all the way down to Columbus to visit, most likely in a final ditch effort to ensure Ohio State was the right place for his star athlete to attend. Undoubtedly, the visit went well and Samuel officially gave his verbal commitment today.
There are certain athletes that can do it all, former star OSU DB and WR Chris Gamble comes to mind. Samuel could be another in the “do everything” line of recruits.
Out of Brooklyn, NY, Samuel will take his New York style to Columbus. Scout.com states that “As a junior, ran for 1,047 yards and 13 touchdowns on 91 carries, and caught 12 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, he had 33 tackles and intercepted one pass.”
At The Opening, Samuel had a 40+ inch vertical leap and ran an electronically timed 4.36 in the 40-yard dash. There were reports that Samuel had a spaced reserved on the OSU class and that his speed is break away.
ZACH BRAZILLER of the New York Post writes,”E-Hall coach Danny Landberg raved about Samuel’s intangibles, including his leadership qualities off the field, as much as his game-breaking ability on it. As a sophomore, he got off to a great start before breaking his foot, and came back even stronger last year.”
Braziller goes on to write, “I’ve known him for a long time. What stands out is the type of kid he is,” Landberg said.
“He doesn’t have tattoos, he doesn’t curse, he doesn’t go out. He stays away from drama. He’s a mama’s boy.”
“I think I’m a better player with the ball in my hands,” the Crown Heights native said. “I’m a game-changer. I make plays.”
Samuel visited Ohio State on July 26 for Friday Night Lights and was seen with Urban Meyer one-on-one. It has been no secret that Meyer wanted Samuel badly and reports were that he had a spot in the class guaranteed if he wanted it.
Sources at Friday Night Lights said that Samuel spent some significant time hanging out with 2014 commits along with Raekwon McMillan.
It was only a matter of time before Samuel became Buckeye. He made a recent visit to Rutgers but decided he would leave the NY/NJ area and come west to play for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.
Undoubtly the sell of being a Percy Harvin type swayed Samuel but he will have stiff competition in the likes of Dontre Wilson, Ezekiel Elliott, James Clark, Corey Smith, and Jalin Marshall ahead of him.
Samuel grew up following Urban Meyer, Percy Harvin and the Gators so to play for Urban Meyer is the fulfillment of a childhood dream. With players like Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell also in the 2014 fold added to Dontre Wilson, Ezekiel Elliott, James Clark, Corey Smith, and Jalin Marshall, Meyer could be in the process of assemblying the fastest OSU team ever.
2014 Commitment List