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Breaking Down Ohio State's Curtis Samuel's Highlight Tape

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMarch 21, 2014

Breaking Down Ohio State's Curtis Samuel's Highlight Tape

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    Curtis Samuel is a 4-star athlete who is simply electric with the ball in his hands. The Brooklyn native is a 6'0", 185-pound jet who can play receiver, running back and returner.

    Samuel, who is headed to Ohio State, has excellent speed and quickness. He uses terrific vision to see where openings are and skates to them with a noticeable burst. With his ability to weave in and out of traffic, Samuel will make some big plays in Columbus.

    He displays an impressive skill set during his must-see highlight tape.

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    Samuel's highlight tape opens with him showing outstanding quickness and burst through a crease. He lines up as a running back and uses his vision to quickly locate a cut-back lane back toward the interior.

    Look at the future Buckeye jet upfield with the ball, quickly getting to the second level and showing off good speed to the end zone.

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    Here's where Samuel's versatility starts to be seen. He aligns as a receiver on the left but is used as the primary man on what's essentially an end-around play. This shows he can be an effective runner from different areas of the field. 

    Samuel also does a good job of reading his first block, evidenced by cutting back inside of it.

    Watch how Samuel displays natural elusiveness with the ball. He smoothly weaves around defenders, making sure he doesn't waste too many steps to get to the end zone.

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    Most viewers will be impressed by Samuel's speed toward the end of this play.

    However, the truly impressive part of this run is the subtle cut Samuel makes on the second level to bounce to the outside.

    This is where vision and instincts come into play, as Samuel knows the area he cuts away from is mainly occupied by linebackers and a safety crashing down. The awareness to bounce outside, along with the sharp and quick cut he makes, is what sets him up to score the touchdown.

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    Here's a play where Samuel is seen playing strong safety. He sits on the edge of the line of scrimmage and gets his eyes on the ball. He doesn't set the edge with strength and power, but he quickly lets the blocker know with his quickness and athleticism that he isn't going anywhere.

    Samuel fights to get around the block and makes the stop.

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    The final play of Samuel's highlight shows him as a returner. He uses a good cradle to haul in the punt, then his natural quickness and elusiveness take over.

    Samuel darts to his right, looking to get around the corner of the punt unit. The move he makes when met by his first opponent is remarkable, as the agility and natural slipperiness Samuel displays is exceptional.

    After that, he uses his speed to beat the rest of the punt unit to the end zone. 

    Regarding Samuel, on Feb. 5, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said, "He's electric fast."

     

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.
    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

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