The Opening: Curtis Samuel Review

Curtis Samuel

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Receiver Curtis Samuel, who is considering five schools, performed at The Opening and FOXSportsNEXT takes a look at his performance at the three-day event.

Curtis Samuel
School: Erasmus Hall High, Brooklyn
Position: Receiver
The Opening measurable: 5-11, 186
40-yard dash: 4.36 seconds
Shuttle: 4.07 seconds
Vertical jump: 40.7 inches
Rank: No. 66 wide receiver/three stars
Recruiting situation: Considering Alabama, Miami, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Rutgers

Scouting report: Samuel was one of the most intriguing prospects at The Opening, and he opened eyes with his time in the 40-yard dash. The speed also translated well to the field as he was tough to cover down the field, and he showed short-space explosion in getting open in front of cornerbacks.

Samuel still needs to learn the finer points of playing receiver, particularly breakdown down on his routes and making sharps cuts, but that should come with more experience.

He showed strong hands, although he did have a few passes bounce off of them, but that was when he was coming out of breaks and had to pick up the ball quickly. Samuel doesn't play much receiver in high school, so that should be something that develops the more he plays.

Cornerbacks respected his speed and were more comfortable playing off Samuel than jamming him at the line of scrimmage. Once Samuel got the ball, he showed elite speed and an ability to change direction quickly.

Notre Dame likes Samuel at cornerback while the rest of the schools on his list are looking at him as a receiver, and both make sense. Samuel has the hips and speed to play cornerback, and the size to move to safety if cornerback doesn't work out.

Also, Samuel was dangerous whenever he touched the ball on offense, and his balance and acceleration will make him tough to bring down in the open field.

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What was learned: Samuel plays running back and defensive back Erasmus Hall, but after watching him in 7-on-7s in the spring and at The Opening, it is between safety and receiver. Given Samuel's speed and size, getting the ball in his hands makes him an interesting weapon on offense and at this point, it looks like he will be a receiver in college.

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