Ohio State athletics could not confirm the signing, but it seems official for the Brooklyn native.
The early agreements, which are new this year as part of an NCAA rules interpretation, allows early enrolling athletes to secure their scholarships ahead of signing day. Student-athletes can enroll as early as January, with National Signing Day set for February.
The new arrangement is not an NCAA letter of intent but Ohio State is obligated to honor the scholarship offered to Samuel. He can now also be part of relaxed communication rules with the OSU staff.
Samuel, a four-star recruit rated the No. 26 wideout in the country out of Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, committed to the Buckeyes in August.