"This was a great day for me and my family," Hines explained. "I got the letter in the mail today and I couldn't believe it. I've been talking with Luke Fickell a lot and just last week we set up my official visit for January 13th. I've tried to not get my hopes up but I've thought about this since we set up the visit."
Hines is well aware of the close relationship that exists between Ohio State and Glenville high school.
"Oh yes, being from Glenville will have an effect on my decision," Hines continued. "Right now I'm just trying to weigh all my options and see what's best for me. I don't have a timetable on making my decision.'
"I really like Ohio State. They're playing for the national championship so it's an honor to be wanted by the best in the country. This is really good for our community and our school, not just for me. We all watched Troy Smith win the Heisman a few weeks ago and this is just more positive news for Glenville."
Hines admits he already has a close relationship with the Ohio State staff.
"I talk with Jim Tressel pretty often," Hines said. "I've been to Ohio State a lot and I feel real comfortable there. Coach [Luke] Fickell is a great guy to talk to and we speak all the time. I can definitely see myself playing there."
Finally, Hines spoke about Ted Ginn Sr. and the influence he's had in his life.
"Coach Ginn means everything to me," Hines exclaimed. "He's a great coach but he's an even better person. I just came to Glenville last year so I didn't know him real well. Everything he said he would do for me has happened. Every promise he made to me came true. I owe a lot to him. It was awesome being able to play for the man."
Judging from the excitement in his voice, don't be surprised if we see another Cleveland Glenville graduate suiting up for Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes. Hines played both ways for Glenville but is expected to play linebacker or safety in college.