The next big thing in NYC?

Curtis Samuel

Curtis Samuel bounced back from a broken leg in 2011 to capture many awards en route to leading Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to the City Championship. His recruitment has the chance to ascend in the same way now that his tape is out and FOX Sports NEXT has a copy and the latest from Samuel inside.

There are several things Curtis Samuel excels at when you turn on film of the 6-foot, 185-pounder. He makes moves in the open field, hits holes with top-notch acceleration and he plays with a mean streak on the defensive side of the ball.

But it's how he runs away from just about everyone that initially pulls the viewer in.

"I run a 4.4," he said of his forty-yard dash time.

Could Samuel be even faster? He's working on it while running track for Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall this spring. He's already made noise with a nationally recognized 55-meter time. He's looking for more.

"I have the city championship next week...I will win," he predicted.

While track is an experiment, football is not for the 2014 prospect. He went over 1,000 yards on the ground in 2012 on less than 100 carries en route to 15 offensive touchdowns on just 103 touches. On defense, Samuel had an interception to his name in addition to 33 tackles, including several for a loss and a forced fumble.

It led to early interest from the regional schools at the BCS-level.

"I have a couple of offers, UConn, Rutgers, Syracuse," he said. "I didn't grow up rooting for either of them."

The quiet and somewhat shy Samuel is the opposite of what his play may suggest, but as the film leaks further South and West, more programs are trying to get the jump on arguably New York's top skill prospect. Notre Dame will host him for a visit next month, before a possible trip to Ohio State or to see the reigning national champs among others.

"It's wide open," he said of his recruitment. "But Alabama and Boston College are showing interest as well."

While his offensive prowess has led to offers and interest from every school as a running back, the Crimson Tide view him on the other side of the equation.

"I showed them my highlight tape and they saw my defensive plays," said Samuel. "They loved the way I come up to make tackles, they said I'm very aggressive on defense."

The speedster isn't picky as to where he plays on Saturdays although his coach prefers him on offense.

"All the other schools are recruiting me as a running back," he admitted. "I don't have a preference."

Samuel also doesn't have a preference in recruiting after taking in a junior day at Rutgers. He may see Boston College in the same capacity this spring, though it's not planned just yet.

The one thing clear about the junior, other than his talent, is that his recruitment is far from over.

Said Samuel, "Everybody is about equal."

Take a look at Samuel's junior tape below to see why he's creating quite the buzz.

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