After much anticipation, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall five-star athlete Curtis Samuel has committed to Ohio State, his coach Danny Landberg reported to 247Sports.
Considered the leader to land the elite playmaker for much of the process, Samuel pulled the trigger for the Buckeyes and becomes the second five-star pledge for head coach Urban Meyer and his staff in the class-of-2014, joining the nation’s top-ranked outside linebacker Dante Booker.
"He told me along time ago," Landberg said of when Samuel knew he was headed to Ohio State. "This was something that didn't just occur. It's a situation with Urban Meyer and his offense and his opportunity and it's been that to him. I just wanted him to do his due diligence."
Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 3 athlete and No. 25 prospect overall, the 6-foot, 185-pound Samuel becomes the 17th commit for Ohio State in this recruiting cycle, with 14 holding at least four-star status.
Samuel chose the Buckeyes over his other finalist Rutgers. Several other programs extended a scholarship including the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee and USC.
“He’s very comfortable in their offense,” Landberg said of Ohio State. “I’ve been emulating Urban’s offense for years and Curtis feels very normal in it.”
As a junior, Samuel rushed for 1,047 yards on just 91 carries, scoring 13 touchdowns. He also added two punt returns and three receptions for scores. On defense Samuel registered 33 tackles and an interception. Samuel ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at The Opening and had a vertical jump of 40-7.
“He will run a 4.29 before he leaves college,” Landberg said. “Just turning 17 in a week.”
Samuel got a chance to visit Ohio State the last weekend of July highlighted by Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp. He got to spend a lot of time with the Meyer and the Buckeyes coaching staff and enjoyed the presentation by the program’s strength coach Mickey Marrotti.
“I like that he’s a no nonsense guy,” Lamberg said. “When Curt hits the weight room and conditioning and eating right, he will have NFL combine numbers that will be off the charts going into his junior year. I’ve known him for a long time, I’ve seen many players, his potential is like none other that I’ve seen.”
Samuel will cap his prep career as a U.S. Army All-American. Landberg was in Columbus on Friday when Samuel went public with his decision.
"I'm very appreciative of the time I was able to spend with Coach Meyer and his accessibility to me," Landberg said. "You can tell the difference, and with his consistent accessibility you could see he was coming not just from a recruiting point of view but he was genuine in his actions."
Stay tuned to 247Sports/Bucknuts.com for more on Samuel’s commitment to Ohio State.