Ted Ginn Sr. remembers Arvell Reese at the age of 8, 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 High School, the Glenville High School 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 night, ending a fast and furious recruiting where offers from the likes of Alabama, USC, Penn State and Michigan showed up after the linebacker moved to Glennville.
For Ginn, Reece’s potential for greatness started with his height.
Weighing in at 6ft 3in and weighing in at 212lbs, the Glenville coach said the linebacker had “always been weird,” combining height with athletic ability and speed, something they worked on when he arrived for the first time at his school in December.
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“Just his ability to run and hit and attack. I haven’t had a linebacker like that in years that can fill a hole that quickly and naturally,” Ginn said. can only imagine what it will be.”
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 like Marshon Lattimore, Chris Worley, Cardale Jones, Donte Whitner, Troy Smith and his son Ted Ginn Jr. .
Ginn said he never cared where one of his players was going to play at the next level. He is more focused on his player’s mentality before going to college.
“There is always someone watching you and wanting to be like you. You must be the example of hope for these people. And you have to understand that you are going somewhere to work and serve. That’s what I think he and everyone else should think about.
As for pursuing the Glenville-Ohio State pipeline, Ginn said the weight now rests solely on Reese’s shoulders.
“He must represent the people who came before him. It’s the pressure. He will take the pressure from here,” Ginn said. “Because you don’t just represent Arvell. You represent the whole community, a whole class of people who have been there, and you have to stand up.
It’s a pressure Reese realizes, telling reporters after attending Ohio State’s summer recruiting camp on June 14 that he always remembers that connection between Glenville and Ohio State, as well than 2024 four-star cornerback Bryce West, with whom the 2023 linebacker 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.”