Ted Ginn Sr. remembers Arvell Reese first as an 8-year-old learning football for the first time.
And while Reese grew up to be a linebacker, spending his first three years of high school football at Euclid, the Glenville High football coach kept tabs on him, always knowing he had potential.
When Reese was traded to Glenville in December for his senior season, all Ginn wanted to do was help put the finishing touches on the linebacker’s potential.
“We just put it together,” Ginn said. “I’m just happy for him. He grew up and things fell into place for him.
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Reese committed to Ohio State on Saturday, ending a fast and furious recruiting where offers from Alabama, Southern California, Penn State and Michigan showed up after the transfer of the linebacker in Glennville.
For Ginn, Reece’s potential for greatness started with his height.
Standing at 6ft 3in and 212lbs, Reese has ‘always been weird’, Ginn said, combining height with athletic ability and speed, which they worked on when he first arrived at his school. in December.
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“Just his ability to run and punch and attack,” Ginn said. “I haven’t had a linebacker like this in years who can fill a hole so quickly and naturally. When he gets really trained, I can only imagine what it will be like.
Ginn said he believes those attributes will make Reese the next great Ohio State linebacker. But the Glenville coach also knows the responsibilities of getting into the Buckeyes program.
During his tenure at Glenville, Ginn developed a talent pool between his program and Ohio State with players including Marshon Lattimore, Chris Worley, Cardale Jones, Donte Whitner, Troy Smith and his son Ted Ginn Jr.
Ginn said he never cared where his players were going to play at the next level. He is more focused on the mentality of his players before going to university.
“There’s always someone watching you and wanting to be like you,” he said. “You have to be the example of hope for these people. And you have to understand that you’re going somewhere to work and serve. That’s what I think he and everyone else should be thinking about.
As for pursuing the Glenville-Ohio State pipeline, Ginn said the weight rests solely on Reese’s shoulders.
“He has to represent the people who came before him,” Ginn said. “It’s the pressure. He’ll get the pressure from here. Because you’re not just representing Arvell. You’re representing the whole community, a whole class of people who have been there, and you have to stand up.
It’s pressure Reese realizes, saying that after attending Ohio State’s summer recruiting camp on June 14, he’s constantly reminded of that connection between Glenville and Ohio State, as well as the 2024 four-star cornerback Bryce West, with whom he is close.
Ginn will only have one full year with Reese. But he already knows what Ohio State has in store for him.
“I think what we’re seeing now is just the tip of the iceberg,” Ginn said. “I think he can be world class.”