The official announcement will come today at halftime of the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, but Ted Ginn Jr. has committed to Ohio State over offers from Michigan, USC, Pitt, Miami, and just about every other school across the country.
“I just felt it was the right situation for me,” Ginn, ranked as the No. 1 cornerback and the nation’s No. 2 player overall by Rivals.com, said. “I’ve kind of known for quite some time that it was going to be Ohio State, but I owed it to myself to also look seriously at Michigan, USC, Miami and all those other teams."
“But in the end, none of them were Ohio State.”
The 6-foot-1 and 170 pound Ginn played cornerback and quarterback for Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville. Ginn intercepted eight passes and returned five of them for touchdowns during his senior season. He also had over 900 yards rushing and over 900 passing. Ginn is the Rivals.com number one cornerback prospect with a five star rating. He will play football and run track at Ohio State.
"Ted Ginn is just one of those guys on film that pops out and makes a lot of amazing plays,” said one Big 10 recruiting coordinator. “Then when you combine everything he has physically, you have the makings of an All-America cornerback in college and a future NFL first-round pick."
Ginn himself agrees. He’s not cocky one bit, but he is definitely very sure of himself.
“There’s a difference between being cocky and confident,” Ginn said. “You have to believe and know you’re best guy on the football field every time you step on it. I know that I am, but you can’t go out there and talk a lot of trash and not be able to follow it up with a big play.”
Ginn’s father is excited with his son’s decision.
“We’re really proud of him and the way he handled the recruiting process,” his father, Ted Ginn said. “He could have let this all big-headed with this, but he stayed really grounded. Ohio State is a great place for him and a great fit."
With Buckeye cornerback Chris Gamble declaring on Friday night that he will enter the NFL draft, Ginn will be a prime candidate to replace Gamble in the Ohio State starting line-up next season.
Like Gamble, Ginn wants to play on both sides of the ball for the Buckeyes as a cornerback and wide receiver.
Ginn is the top cornerback prospect to come out of the state of Ohio since Charles Woodson.