Monday, May 6, 2013
Four-star ATH Samuel prefers offense
By Jared Shanker
Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall) is confident he will make an impact on either side of the field, but the four-star athlete does have a desire to play his college football on one side in particular.
“I prefer the offensive side of the ball,” the No. 3 prospect in New York said.
He is open to playing defense and special teams, too, though, confident he will adjust as needed depending on where a school wants him. Whether a team sees him on offense or defense could play a role in his decision, though.
“I feel like it’s a place I’m more comfortable,” Samuel said.
One such program that sees the 5-foot-11, 178-pound Samuel as a dynamic offensive threat is Ohio State. The Buckeyes coaches would like Samuel, who recently was invited to The Opening as a receiver, to be the next all-purpose player in Urban Meyer’s spread offense.
Samuel speaks with Meyer about once a week, and the two-time national champion is letting Samuel know he sits right at the top of the Buckeyes’ offensive board.
“It’s very exciting knowing that Coach Meyer won championships and he’s just a great coach,” Samuel said, “and for me to get on the phone with him is very exciting for me.”
Now it is just a matter of getting Samuel to campus, which has yet to happen. Samuel has made very few visits, but he said he would like to begin taking more this summer.
Florida, Maryland, Ohio State and Rutgers are the programs Samuel said he speaks with most.