17th commitment for Ohio State: Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall ATH Curtis Samuel.
WHAT ARE THE BUCKEYES GETTING?
The athlete from Brooklyn, New York gives the Buckeyes speed in the slot position that they had yet to address in this class. Samuel is the type of player similar to 2013 Ohio State signee Dontre Wilson. He is able to provide versatility in the offense, whether it is out of the backfield or being a receiver they want to get in space to do some damage.
Samuel has some wiggle and shake to his game, which is one of his strengths. He isn't a player that will use his power at the next level to his advantage, but he does have the elusiveness and the ability to hit top speed in a hurry, which is a staple to the offense that Urban Meyer has implemented in Columbus.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Curtis Samuel becomes the third receiving threat in the Ohio State class. He joins Indiana prospects Terry McLaurin and Lonnie Johnson. McLaurin has a great set of hands and top end speed as well, but lacks the excellent lateral movement Samuel possesses. Johnson is more of a bigger, outside target with his 6-foot-3 height.
All three give the Buckeyes a different element. A fourth receiver will be added to the class.
The last receiver added to the class will be a prospect that can handle the duties on the outside. The most likely possibilities lie in Sparta (NJ) wideout Noah Brown and Palm Beach Gardens (FL) receiver Johnnie Dixon.
Brown has visited Rutgers twice within the last month after his first visit to Columbus to see the Buckeyes. Both schools are in the discussion for his verbal commitment, which he will make before at some point before September 12th. Virginia Tech was in good position at one time but I believe it will be Rutgers or Ohio State when the time comes.
Johnnie Dixon favored the Hurricanes by the smallest of margins over the Buckeyes a few months ago, but his recruitment has since been altered a touch. Alabama hosted Dixon for the first time on an unofficial visit, and he camped in front of the Crimson Tide coaching staff like he did with the Ohio State coaches in Columbus.
I expect Dixon to take three official visits to Miami, Alabama, and Ohio State and decide from there.
The Buckeyes have 17 commitments already in the 2014 class and have six or seven spots remaining. Three more prospects remain on the board that Ohio State is in solid position with in Glenville teammates Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith, and four-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan from Georgia.
Aside from those three, and other than Noah Brown and Johnnie Dixon, a few more uncommitted legitimate targets include Mike Gesicki of New Jersey, Solomon Thomas from Texas, Thomas Holley from New York, and offensive linemen Damian Prince, Chad Mavety, and Alex Bookser.
Out of the group, Noah Brown could be the next to pull the trigger. His timetable for a decision sets up the possibility to be the next to join the fold. Thomas Holley has also considered an early commitment. Other than those two, the rest of the prospects have been steadfast in their insistence to make a decision later on.
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