Ohio State Football: Are the Buckeyes Closing in on 5-Star Curtis Samuel?

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistAugust 14, 2013

Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes could be on the verge of landing one of their top recruiting targets.

According to Zach Braziller of The New York Post, 5-star athlete Curtis Samuel will be visiting Columbus this week, and there's a possibility he's bringing great news for Meyer and the Buckeyes:

Erasmus Hall star WR Curtis Samuel will be back at Ohio Stare Thursday or Friday I'm told. Commitment could follow.

— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) August 14, 2013

Braziller's tweet confirms the comments made by Samuel's high school coach, Danny Landberg, earlier this week. Landberg told Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.com that he was hoping to make the trip with Samuel.

The speedy athlete out of Brooklyn N.Y., holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, USC and Virginia Tech, but Ohio State and Rutgers have emerged as the leaders, according to the Wiltfong article.

The Buckeyes and the Scarlet Knights are battling for an explosive playmaker who is a threat all over the field. Samuel is coming off a productive junior season, when he rushed for 1,047 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding 187 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

It's his big-play ability that makes him such a coveted prospect. 

Samuel averaged 11.5 yards per carry and 15.6 yards per reception last year. At 6'0" and 185 pounds, Samuel clocked a 4.36 40-yard dash, and his speed and elusiveness create matchup nightmares for defenses.

Rated the top prospect in New York and the No. 25 recruit in the country, Samuel is projected to be a wide receiver at the collegiate level despite playing primarily as a running back in high school. His versatility figures to be perfect for Ohio State's "Pivot" position, which is a hybrid receiver/running back role made famous by Percy Harvin at Florida.

The Buckeyes appear to be the overwhelming favorite to land Samuel. All 38 recruiting experts who have offered their prediction on Samuel's choice on 247Sports.com's "Crystal Ball" project him to land at Ohio State.

Recruiting, of course, is not an exact science, and no one will truly know where Samuel is heading until he announces. Momentum is picking up for Ohio State, though, and Meyer should feel good about his chances of landing Samuel this weekend.


All recruit stats and rankings per 247Sports.com.

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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