The three biggest football players in Brooklyn this season will be Poly Prep’s lineman Jay Hayes, Lincoln’s lineman Thomas Holley and Erasmus Hall’s running back Curtis Samuel. Holley has been getting plenty of Division-I offers, Hayes has already committed to Notre Dame, and now Samuel finally comes off the board as he has verbally committed to Ohio State.
“I felt that their style of play fits me better than the other schools in my top five,” Samuel told Zach Braziller of the NY Post. “My visit there went great. I spoke to a lot of their coaches and I felt that they really wanted me to be a part of Ohio State.”
Samuel, a 6-foot, 185-pound All-American who had a total of 1,047 yards and 18 touchdowns on 91 carries last season, had many other offers including ones from Rutgers, Alabama, Miami, and Notre Dame. Erasmus Hall’s head coach Danny Landberg explained that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer plans to use Samuel in a similar fashion to Seahawks star Percy Harvin, as a backfield runner and receiver.
“They want to use him the way he wants to be used, and that was it for him,” Landberg added to Braziller. “He understands what they’re doing [on offense]. It’s exactly what we do with him at his position.”
Samuel and Erasmus Hall open the season on Sept. 9 against Tottenville in Brooklyn.