Safety With NFL Bloodlines Lands Cal Offer

With defensive back being a position of great need, California offers a strong safety with NFL bloodlines out of southern California.

It wasn't that long ago that Denver Broncos' defensive back Duke Ihenacho was defending the Louisiana Tech air raid offense while a strong safety at San Jose State, but now, his younger brother -- Gardena (Calif.) Serra safety Glen Ihenacho -- has been offered by the same staff that once terrorized the Spartans' secondary.

Late Tuesday morning, Glen gave a ring to California running backs coach Pierre Ingram -- who's recruiting area includes Gardena -- and was offered by the whole Bears staff as a defensive back, and it was no secret that Cal is in dire need of defensive backs.

"That was basically the whole conversation," Glen said. "That's what we talked about for 20 minutes. ‘We need safeties, three of them are juniors, one is a senior, we're focusing on safeties, you're one of the first,' all types of ways of putting that."

The Cal offer is Glen's fifth, but means a bit more than the others, at this point.

"It's really big," the younger Ihenacho said. "I'm really interested in Cal, and knowing I have an offer from a school I'm interested in really means a lot. I don't know much about the Bears yet, but the Bay Area, as far as I've been out there and the feedback from my brother about the Bay Area, it's nice and it seems like a good location. I'd like to know more."

All five schools who have offered Ihenacho have told him that he could potentially play early, but it carries a bit more weight, coming from the Bears.

"Cal is a good school that I'm undoubtedly interested in, so it means a little bit more coming from them," Ihenacho said. "I know that all five schools are good schools, and I have interest in them all, but Cal stands out."

Finding out more about Cal shouldn't be too difficult, considering the younger Ihenacho is friends with Serra grad and current Bears linebacker Jason Gibson.

"That was like my senior brother when I was a freshman, so I'm really familiar with him," Ihenacho said. "We had a senior-freshman relationship, and I became really familiar with that whole class."

Ihenacho plans on speaking with Gibson soon about the Bears.

Ihenacho is a 3.0-GPA student, and plans to take the SAT in April.

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