JR to Watch: CB Ted Ginn

Possibly the top cornerback prospect in the nation for the class of 2004, Cleveland (OH) Glenville's Ted Ginn has been offered by every big name program out there, including the Trojans. Here's the latest on this blue chipper.

Ginn is one of those players who can do it all. A superb athlete with lights out speed, he's played all over the field in his high school career. As a junior he picked up 45 tackles and 5 picks at cornerback, had 14 catches for 161 yards at wide out, gained 402 yards on 40 carries at running back, and he also saw time at quarterback. All of this on a team that featured two other skill players who were pretty good in their own right, Ohio State signees Dareus Hiley and Donte Whitner.

Although he is such a gifted all around player, Ginn's rare abilities and 6'1, 170 pound size at the cornerback spot have caused most to project him at that position, and that's just fine by him, "Because I can play receiver and I can play corner, they basically ask ‘which one do you like most?'" he said. "I basically say corner because I feel comfortable on that side."

A participant at the recent Penn State Nike Camp, Ginn didn't hurt his reputation as he was generally considered the top corner in attendance after dominating in the one-on-one's. He also ran a gaudy 4.31 forty and 4.14 shuttle. "I think I did well," he explained. "My forty yard dash, they said there were like 5 clocks over there, and they had me from like a 4.22 to a 4.3. I believe we did about five to ten minutes of one-on-one's. So I got some reps. There were some good receivers but there weren't the great receivers that I was looking for. Basically I locked them down, but there weren't that many."

As one can imagine, Ginn isn't short on options as far as colleges go, "Right now, I mean, I'm looking at everybody. I'm open right now. I don't have a favorite, but I'm looking at USC, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa, Pittsburg, Miami, Florida State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois…I've been offered by all of them. I've talked to a couple schools lately on the phone. Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan, Pitt, Wisconsin, basically all of those schools I just named."

Already fully qualified, Ginn is looking at more than just the football side of each school, "Just being comfortable, the classroom, the environment, and the academics," he said. "As far as early playing time goes, I mean, I'll make my playing time. That's how I look at it. Either I'm good or I'll have to work. I'm not going to put myself in a situation I can't handle."

In regards to USC, Ginn does have legitimate interest, "From what I've heard from two of my teammates (Hiley & Whitner) that visited down there, they said it was a good area, it was cool, and I know it stays hot in California. From what I hear it's a good program. I watched them on T.V. They had a good quarterback last year. I heard they have a good running back coming back, so I hear a lot about them. I talked to one coach. I think it was the defensive back coach I believe. They're recruiting me as a corner."

Ginn plans on attending some camps this summer and checking out some colleges unofficially, one of those possibly being USC, "I'm going to travel to some camps," he explained. "I'm going to try and get down there for one day, to USC. I've been talking to my dad and we're trying to put a schedule down, so I don't know. I'm going to try to get down there."

Currently, Ginn is in the middle of track season, another sport that he stars in, "I run the 110 meters, I've run a 13.7. In the 200 I ran 20.6. In the 300 lows I ran 37 flat, and in the 4X400 I ran 45.9." He also benches 240 and squats "around 465 or 470."

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