COLUMBUS — Ohio State's best offensive player is headed for the National Football League.
H-back Curtis Samuel — the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision who recorded more than 700 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards in the regular season — announced on Twitter that he is leaving OSU with one year of eligibility remaining.
The 5-foot-11, 197-pound junior from Brooklyn, N.Y. led the Buckeyes in receiving in 2016 and scored the game-winning touchdown against Michigan in double overtime.
Samuel becomes the fifth Buckeye to declare early, joining safety Malik Hooker, cornerback Gareon Conley, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, and wide receiver Noah Brown.
Ohio State's Curtis Samuel (4) scores the winning touchdown in overtime against Michigan in November. BLADE