Glen Ihenacho Commits to Oregon: Ducks Land Younger Brother of NFL Stud

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIINovember 22, 2013


The Oregon Ducks are still building toward a national championship, and now, they've added a NFL legacy defensive back to the effort.

Glen Ihenacho, a 247Sports composite 3-star safety and brother of Denver Broncos safety Duke Ihenacho, has verbally committed to Oregon, as reported by Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times.

According to 247Sports, the Gardena, Calif., native claimed a long list of BCS offers that included Miami (Fla.), Colorado, Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Washington and several other Pac-12 schools.

As Kyle McCall of tweeted, Ihenacho was set to visit Colorado in December.

It is unclear whether or not he will still take that visit. 247Sports also has him down for a Nov. 30 visit to Arizona State when the Sun Devils are scheduled to host rival Arizona. Ihenacho was on hand in Eugene last week when the Ducks downed Utah.

The 6'0", 185-pound defender is rated as the No. 70 safety nationally and the No. 75 player in the state of California in the 247Sports composite ratings.

Ihenacho makes 13 commitments in the 2014 class for Oregon, seven of which now hail from the Golden State. He joins cornerbacks Arrion Springs and Dominique Harrison as the third defensive back in the growing class of Duck commitments.

Springs, a composite 4-star, is a San Antonio native, while Harrison, a 3-star, hails from San Pablo, Calif.

Ihenacho's brother, Duke, attended San Jose State and signed with Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2012. After making the roster, his play was limited last season, though his role has greatly expanded this year.

After logging just one tackle all of last year, he now holds down a starting strong safety position for the 9-1 Broncos. Through 10 games, the elder Ihenacho has tallied 53 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six pass deflections.

If the younger Ihenacho can follow in the footsteps of his brother, or UO defensive backs Patrick Chung and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, the Ducks will be in great shape with this signing.

Oregon currently boasts an upperclassmen-laden secondary. Ekpre-Olomu is a junior and could leave for the NFL draft, heavy contributors Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson are seniors, while Terrance Mitchell is a junior.