School: Erasmus Hall, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Height, Weight: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds
Rivals.com rating: Samuel is rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 1 player in the state of New York and the No. 49 overall player in the Class of 2014.
Other schools: Rutgers, Notre Dame, Florida, USC, Wisconsin, Clemson, Miami, Nebraska
How he fits into Ohio State’s plans: Urban Meyer continues to attempt to upgrade the skill positions for his spread offense, and Samuel is a major part of that plan.The Buckeyes have four receivers in the Class of 2014 with Samuel, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin and Noah Brown. Meyer, offensive coordinator Tom Herman and receivers coach Zach Smith need to figure out how to deploy the players. Samuel seemingly could project as a slot receiver or as more of an H-back, which is a running back/receiver hybrid position.
He's about the same size as Dontre Wilson, who lit it up in preseason practice last year but had trouble at times translating that to the field as a freshman. Ohio State may want Samuel and Wilson at different positions to be able to get them both on the field, or they may wind up playing the same role and fighting it out. Either way, Samuel's reported 4.4 speed should give the Buckeyes plenty to work with.
Projection for 2014: Samuel was more of a running back in high school, so as he transitions to receiver or H-back, he'll have new responsibilities to work on. He'll need to catch the ball more, though as a H-back his catches would be mostly screens and other short routes. If he's in the slot, that's a new level of route-running. He'll also need to block in the run game either way, which Wilson had to work on in 2013. That was the major thing that kept Wilson from more playing time. In the end, Wilson felt like the decoy of the year.