Instant Impact: Jermale Hines

Instant Impact is a feature where Midwest Regional Director Bob Lichtenfels weighs in with his opinion on each new Buckeye commitment. Look inside to see his breakdown on Jermale Hines.

Jermale Hines, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete from Glenville Academy in Cleveland, Ohio is a huge pickup for the Ohio State Buckeyes. His versatility and speed will allow him to project at multiple positions on the next level. Bob Lichtenfels breaks down Hines' game in this edition of "Instant Impact."

Good: Hines is an outstanding athlete. He can run sideline-to-sideline as well as anyone in the country. He can blitz and wreak havoc in the opposition's backfield. If there is a faster linebacker coming out of his stance I want to see him. He is very solid in coverage. He is capable of being a read and react type linebacker as well. Hines is very versatile and has exceptional first-step quickness. He has a nose for the ball and is a very solid open field tackler.

Bad: One area that Hines will need to improve upon is taking on offensive linemen. In high school he comes off the edge a lot or is shooting gaps.

Future: Don't be surprised if you see Hines get a shot at playing safety when he first gets to Ohio State. Yes, I know that sounds crazy and I know Ohio State has a great group of defensive backs coming in, but this kid is a great athlete who could do a lot of things from the safety spot and then he can eventually grow into a more natural spot at outside linebacker. Buckeye fans should be excited because Hines and Brian Rolle teamed up with the members of this secondary class could be very special.

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