Curtis Samuel Commits to Ohio State: Buckeyes Land 5-Star ATH

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIAugust 16, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Ohio State and head coach Urban Meyer landed a gigantic commitment today in 5-star athlete Curtis Samuel out of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Samuel can play running back, safety and return punts, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports. He chose Ohio State despite receiving offers from several big-time programs including Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Nebraska, among others.

Wiltfong, who reported the commitment (VIP), also stated that Rutgers was Samuel's other option.

Samuel is 6'0", 185 pounds and will be bringing a ton of speed to the Buckeyes. He runs a 4.36 40-yard dash, according to 247 Sports, which is exceptionally fast.

With that being said, current coach Danny Landberg expects Samuel will "run a 4.29 before he leaves college," per Wiltfong's report.

If Samuel's high school coach has that much confidence in his speed, one can only imagine what Urban Meyer and his staff will be able to do with their new 5-star commit.

All indications are that he'll play offense for the Buckeyes. Coach Landberg added that Samuel is comfortable in OSU's offensive scheme.

The athlete put up 1,047 yards and 13 touchdowns on 91 rushing attempts, per Wiltfong. He also caught three passes for touchdowns.

According to 247 Sports, Samuel is the No. 3 athlete and No. 25 player nationally. 

Coach Meyer's 2014 class now features 17 commitments and is ranked No. 2, according to the 247 Sports team rankings.

The Buckeyes jumped over Georgia, Miami, Florida State and Tennessee in the rankings, and are only behind Alabama.