Future Buckeye: Jermale Hines

Cleveland Glenville's Jermale Hines will keep the Cleveland to Columbus pipeline open when he signs a letter of intent with Ohio State on Wednesday. Hines will become yet another Ted Ginn Sr. player to play football for Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes. Bill Greene caught up with Hines to get the latest on his commitment.

Jermale Hines, of Cleveland Glenville, will realize a dream on Wednesday when he signs a letter of intent with Ohio State. Hines, one of the top players in Ohio, was relieved to finally have the opportunity to make his Ohio State scholarship official.

"It's a relief to tell you the truth," Hines said about signing with Ohio State. "I'm really glad it's finally over. I enjoyed the recruiting process but I'm ready to be a Buckeye. I'd have to say this all worked out well for me."

Hines talked about why he chose Ohio State over schools like Michigan and Iowa.

"Ohio State was just where I felt most comfortable," he explained. "I'm close with the coaching staff and I look forward to learning the college game from them. The tradition of Ohio State just impressed me as all the Glenville kids before me who have gone to Ohio State. I've talked with Donte Whitner and Teddy Ginn about their time in Columbus. They both said it's the best place to play."

Hines starred on both sides of the ball at Glenville and he talked about where he'll play at Ohio State.

"Coach Haynes has said I'll probably start out at safety and then we'll just see how big I get and if I should move to linebacker," Hines noted. "It really doesn't matter to me at all. I just want to do whatever gets me on the field the fastest. I'm not planning on sitting out next year. I want to play right away, even if it's just on special teams or on defense playing the nickel position."

Hines knows that signing with Ohio State will be a great day for him and his family and he was quick to praise Ted Ginn Sr. for helping him get to this point in his career.

"I owe so much to Mr. Ginn for what he's done for me," Hines exclaimed. "He's helped me develop as a person more than as a player. He cares about all of us as if he was our father. I feel prepared for the step to the next level because of what coach Ginn has taught me. I feel he has taught me how to be a man. I plan on making him and my parents proud of me at Ohio State."

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