Cleveland Glenville's Jermale Hines will visit Ohio State this weekend. Hines, who has already visited Iowa and Michigan, received a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes a few days before Christmas. Hines' father Bob spoke about the upcoming visit to Ohio State.
"Jermale is very excited about the trip to Columbus," the elder Hines said. "He has a basketball game this afternoon and then we are leaving for Ohio State. My wife and I and our other sons will go along for the visit also."
Ohio State coach Luke Fickell has been recruiting Hines and he has clearly made an impression on his father.
"Coach Fickell is a good man," he explained. "He's talked to Jermale a lot. I believe Ohio State wants to start him out at safety and see if he grows into a linebacker. Of course coach Fickell wants him at linebacker from the start, since he coaches that position."
He talked about his sons' future plans and about the possibility of a commitment to the Buckeyes this weekend.
"Jermale is scheduled to go to West Virginia next weekend. Michigan calls a lot; in fact they called the house at 7 o'clock this morning. We're going to leave this decision entirely up to him. I think it's probably 50-50 that he would commit to Ohio State this weekend, but you never know because we know how persuasive Jim Tressel can be," he said with a laugh.
The Hines family moved to Ohio from Georgia during Jermale's sophomore year. Ted Ginn Sr. has had quite an impact on the Hines family.
"Coach Ginn has been wonderful to us," he noted. "I've got two other younger sons that will be playing for him also. He's a great man and I couldn't be happier with the job he's done, from his coaching and also how he takes care of the boys off the field."
Jermale Hines couldn't hide his happiness at finally receiving a Buckeye scholarship offer. He has long been rumored to have Ohio State as his favorite. Now all of Ohio will wait to see if Jim Tressel can land the services of this star player.