Top Ohio LB names favorites

Jermale Hines (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) was recently tabbed the No. 9 class of 2007 prospect in the state of Ohio. The linebacker/safety recruit has seven scholarship offers and four schools currently stand out.

Jermale Hines, a standout class of 2007 linebacker/safety prospect at Cleveland Glenville High School, reported scholarship offers from West Virginia, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Cincinnati during a telephone interview Tuesday night.

"It's been going all right," Hines said of the recruiting process. "It's keeping me busy talking on the phone." He said he averaged about 20 phone calls a week with college recruiters or journalists during the recently concluded spring evaluation period.

Hines named four early favorites.

"Right now I'm considering Ohio State, West Virginia, Michigan and probably Wisconsin," he said.

Hines cited a consistent theme when asked to describe why he liked each of those four schools.

"Basically, the past winning history and the atmosphere," he said.

However, he has only visited one of those programs so far — he went to a junior day at Ohio State. "It was good," he said. "I had a nice time."

Do not expect Hines to make a quick choice.

"I'll probably make a decision after the season is over with," he said.

Hines has played quarterback, running back, linebacker and safety in three years of varsity football — two at Berrien High School in Valdosta, Ga., and last season at Glenville. He expects to play linebacker, running back and quarterback at Glenville this fall.

"Some (colleges) are recruiting me for will (weakside) linebacker," Hines aid. "Some are recruiting me for safety." Cincinnati, he added, is looking at him as a potential wide receiver. Wisconsin wants him to play will linebacker.

Also an accomplished basketball player, Hines is receiving interest for hoops from Virginia Tech, Florida A&M and Middle Tennessee State. But football is his sport of choice.

"I'm focused on football," he said.

Hines reported a 2.9 cumulative grade-point average. He has taken the ACT but has not yet received the results.

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