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Ohio State's Malik Hooker, Raekwon McMillan, Curtis Samuel Unsure On Futures

A trio of Ohio State stars said they still haven't decided whether or not to return to the Buckeyes are enter the NFL draft.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Ohio State stars Malik Hooker, Raekwon McMillan and Curtis Samuel all said they hadn't made a decision regarding their futures after the Buckeyes fell to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.

Hooker, a sophomore safety; McMillan, a junior linebacker; and Samuel, a junior H-back, all said they needed to take time to think through their decision. All three players are projected to be selected in the early rounds of the 2017 NFL draft if they do decide to leave college early.

McMillan, for his part, said his focus on the College Football Playoff kept him from making an early decision.

"Still haven't decided on that," he said. I was so focused on my team."

McMillan noted that he wants to make the best decision for himself and for Ohio State, and mentioned that he'd consult Luke Fickell, who is leaving the Buckeyes to be the head coach at Cincinnati.

"Definitely want to talk to my coaches," he said. "Even though Coach Fickell will be leaving, definitely need to sit down and talk to him and decide on what will be the best decision for me, my family and this program. I gave my all to this program and I want to finish it out the right way."

McMillan added that it would be "very hard" to leave the Buckeyes after a 31-0 loss in the final game of the season.

Like McMillan, Hooker said he's planning to talk over his decision with those close to him to figure out the best path going forward.

"I haven't talked to my family and my coaches about that so I'm going to do that probably soon, hopefully," he said. "Sit down and talk to my family, my coaches and try to decide what's best for me. If that means coming back next year then so be it, I'll come back next year. But if not then I'll do what's best for my family."

McMillan led the team with 102 total tackles this season while Hooker was third on the team with 74 tackles. Hooker also led the Buckeyes and finished among the best in the nation with seven interceptions, including an athletic pick against Clemson.

Samuel was arguably Ohio State's best player on offense this year, finishing with 97 carries for 771 yards and eight touchdowns to go with a team-high 74 receptions for 865 yards and seven scores.


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