Samuel became the 17th member of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class and the fourth receiver.
He is the eighth consecutive OSU verbal commitment from outside Ohio and a rarity from his home state – Ohio State has only signed four players from New York in the past 15 classes, including none since defensive lineman Doug Worthington of Athol Springs in 2005.
The other three were all in 2000 – defensive lineman Will Smith of Utica Proctor, offensive lineman Shane Olivea of Cedarhurst Lawrence and running back Sammy Maldonado of Harrison. Smith, Olivea and Worthington were all multi-year starters who made NFL rosters while Maldonado eventually transferred to Maryland.
Smith has 67.5 career NFL sacks and made the Pro Bowl in 2006.