Ginn talks about game, decision

It was a big day for Ted Ginn, Jr. as he took home the MVP trophy in the U.S. Army All American Bowl and announced his decision to attend Ohio State. Gary Housteau caught up with him to talk about his day.

On a national stage, Ted Ginn Jr. of Cleveland Glenville High School showed everyone what all the fuss over him was about when he helped his East team beat the West 45-28 in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Ginn was named the game's Most Valuable Player on a day when he formerly announced his intention to attend The Ohio State University.

"I didn't know I was getting it but it felt pretty good to get the MVP of the game," Ginn said. "I played hard."

Right before halftime, Ginn teased everyone with a kickoff return that looked like he would take the distance, but he fumbled the ball after a would-be tackler got his hand on it. Fortunately, Ginn recovered his own fumble right around mid-field as time ran out in the first half.

But in the second half, Ginn eluded everyone and raced 98 yards on a kick off return for a score.

"The plan was to go right, but there was a lot of traffic over there," he said. "So I switched back and went left and there wasn't that many people there, and I went on ahead and scored."

Almost immediately following the return, Ginn announced his college decision to the country on television alongside his mom and dad, while his supporters and friends from his Glenville family stood all around him. Ginn reached into the bag and pulled out a black Ohio State hat with the red block ‘O.'

"It was fine. It was cool. There wasn't much I can really say about it," he said. "I was excited. It's out there now that I'm going to Ohio State."

To say that it was a great day for the Ginn family would be a major understatement.

"He's got a great university that he's going to go to; he showed the nation today that he can play, and he's a great kid," said Ted Ginn Sr. "If you continue to work hard, then good things will happen for you. I'm proud for Ted. I'm real proud."

In addition to Ginn, another Ohio product shone brightly in the game. Ohio's Mr. Football, Raymond Williams, from Cleveland Benedictine High School, scored a touchdown from 31 yards out after catching a swing pass out of the backfield. Williams also recovered an on-side kick attempt by the West, on the run, and raced 42 yards to the 2-yard line before he was knocked out of bounds.

"He played great," said Ginn of his fellow Cleveland-area teammate. "We planned on taking over the show and that's what we did."

Obviously there's no rest for the weary in Ginn's world. He'll hop on a plane with his MVP trophy and head back to Cleveland tomorrow and immediately he'll get ready for the start of track season.

"I'll start track Monday," he said.

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