Hines Brings Home Offers From Bus Tour

Cleveland Glenville linebacker/safety Jermale Hines proved that the Ted Ginn Bus Tour is a good thing. Upon arriving at Ohio State Tuesday, Hines told Bucknuts.com he had racked up a number of scholarship offers during his travels. Click here for more on this top-10 Ohio prospect.

One of the key prospects participating in the Ted Ginn Foundation Bus Tour of college football camps this month was Cleveland Glenville linebacker/safety Jermale Hines.

The 6-1 ½, 200-pound Hines was with his coach, Ginn, and as many as 40 other prospects as they made stops at nearly every major college football school in the region over the last 12 days.

"It has been tiresome, but I have tried to maintain my strength at each stop and work out as hard as I can," Hines said. "I think I'm doing all right. It's all right. It's tiresome, but it's all right."

Hines talked about the daily grind of waking up in a new town and the task of trying to impress a whole new set of football coaches.

"It's been hard," he said. "We get up at 9 in the morning, work out from 12 to 4 and then get on the bus for like a four- or eight-hour drive. That makes it hard."

When asked about his best stops, Hines said, "I have to say Wisconsin and Ohio State were probably my favorite stops."

Hines is proof positive that the Ginn bus tour works. The tour made stops at Ball State, Marshall, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Iowa, Notre Dame, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio State. He ended up getting scholarship offers, he said, from just about every one of those schools.

"Actually, I got offered by every school except Notre Dame during the course of the tour," he said. "It worked pretty well for me."

Regarding the possibility of an Ohio State offer, Hines said, "I think it's very close."

Hines was asked which schools he is currently considering the most.

"My top four now would probably Ohio State, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Purdue," he said.

Hines said he is thankful for the opportunity to get in front of so many coaching staffs this month.

"Ginn is a great guy," he said. "What can I say? He can work miracles."

Hines transferred to Glenville from his home state of Georgia for his junior year. He ended up being the Tarblooders' defensive MVP. He tallied 97 tackles, 8 sacks and four interceptions as Glenville went 12-1 and reached the Division I regional finals.

At 200 pounds now, Hines could be a candidate to play at either linebacker or safety at the college level.

"I feel like I could play a lot of positions – linebacker, safety and maybe even receiver," said Hines, who moved up two spots from ninth to seventh in the Ohio prospect rankings in the July edition of Ohio High magazine.

Hines' best 40-yard dash time was 4.56 seconds at Marshall. He benches 275 pounds, has a 31-inch vertical and was clocked at a respectable 4.33 seconds in the pro shuttle. He is also a standout basketball player at Glenville.

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