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Curtis Samuel, Ohio State RB, declares for NFL draft

Ohio State's Curtis Samuel (4) jumps for joy

Ohio State's Curtis Samuel (4) jumps for joy and into the end zone in the second overtime to clinch a 30-27 win against Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Photo Credit: TNS / Eric Seals

Ohio State All-American Curtis Samuel is giving up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.

Samuel posted a goodbye message on Twitter on Monday.

Samuel’s high school coach, Danny Landberg of Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn, told The Associated Press that Samuel was going back and forth on whether to return for his senior season, but decided this weekend to leave. Landberg said Samuel received a second-round grade from the NFL’s college advisory committee.

Samuel was the Buckeyes’ best offensive player in 2016. Playing a hybrid receiver-running back position, the junior had 1,636 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns. He was the only player in the country to have at least 700 yards rushing (771) and 800 receiving (865). He was a first-team All-America all-purpose player.

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