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Even though Ted Ginn will be known as a game-breaking receiver and probably the greatest kick returner in school history, he was originally brought in as a defensive back.
Ginn was Rivals.com's No. 2 overall player in 2004 and one of the many players in the legendary Cleveland Glenville pipeline that included Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith.
Ginn had offers from so many of the country's top programs at the time, including Miami and USC, and his incredible speed was the biggest reason why (via Scout.com):
Cleveland (OH) Glenville product Ted Ginn, Jr. enters 2004 as Ohio State's highest-rated incoming recruit. Ginn won the 2004 Insiders.com Player of the Year and was the 2004 Gatorade National Defensive Player of the Year. He has the ability to be a star at either CB or WR and should be able to contribute immediately on punt and kick returns. Ginn is an excellent track athlete as well and plans on making an attempt at qualifying for the Olympics before coming to Ohio State.
Ginn had 15 receiving touchdowns in his three-year career, but made his career out of returning punts for touchdowns, which he did six times in his career—a Big Ten record.
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