Jermale Hines was a jack-of-all-trades player for Cleveland (OH) Glenville high school last year. Standing 6-2, 200-lbs. and capable of running the forty in 4.56 seconds, he spent time at weakside linebacker, strong safety, wide receiver, and even quarterback. That said, the defensive side of the ball was where he had the greatest impact for the Tarblooders, registering 97 tackles, eight sacks, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Hines is just the latest in a long line of outstanding athletes to come out of Ted Ginn Sr.’s program. The Wolverines, however, haven’t had much success recruiting the talent rich school. Their only victory in the past five years came when they landed former LB/DE Pierre Woods back in 2001. They are doing their best to end that drought with Hines, whom they hosted at their annual open house this past weekend.
“It went very good,” Hines said. “I liked it a lot. I met with the coaches and they took me on tours. I saw the field at the Big House, all of the academic buildings…just a lot of the little town. My dad also thought it was very good. He liked it too.”
Particularly fulfilling for Hines and company was the great deal of one on one time they got to spend with the coaching staff. It offered the parties the opportunity to get to know one another better, and Hines came away extremely impressed.
“I got a chance to sit down with Coach Carr and he said they needed me a lot and that I was well wanted,” Hines recalled. “I also got a chance to sit down with (Coach Steve Szabo). He also said I’m well needed. He liked my speed and my quickness. He said that I looked like a good player. I liked all of the coaches. They were very easy to get along with, funny, and easy to relate to.”
Before Hines left town, the Wolverines made it very clear just how “well wanted” he was.
“They offered me a scholarship,” said Hines. “I was kinda expecting it, but I kinda wasn’t. I was surprised a little bit. That moved them up my list. I’d have to say right now it’s between Michigan and West Virginia.”
The Wolverines and Mountaineers status atop Hines leader-board is being challenged by a host of other interested programs. Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Cincinnati, and Louisville have also stepped to the table with scholarships and the talented youngster plans to give those schools looks as well. One name absent from the offer sheet, but still high on his list of favorites, is Ohio State.
“They’re talking to me a lot but they haven’t offered me yet,” Hines said regarding the Buckeyes. “I really like them a lot, but it wasn’t like it was the only school I grew up liking.”
All of Hines’ suitors, including those that haven’t offered, still have plenty of time to state their cases. At this point he is in no hurry to decide on a school.
“I’ll probably make my decision after my season,” he said. “I’d have to say it’s going to come down to the playing time and the coaches.”
“I’ll probably take all five visits,” continued Hines. “I’ll
absolutely be taking one to Michigan.”