Colorado using San Jose ties in recruiting

Mike MacIntyre and his coaching staff have earned a lot of respect from their former players at San Jose State. MacIntyre is using some of those connections as he recruits for his new Colorado Buffs team. One of his former players Duke Ihenacho has a little brother Glen who is a senior this year. Go "Inside" to see what the younger Ihenacho had to say about the Buffs.

Everyone who follows recruiting realizes that building relationships with high school coaches, parents and siblings of their current prospects are very important down the road as a college coach continue to builds his connections.

Colorado's new Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre gets this recruiting concept.

MacIntyre and his coaching staff built a lot of relationships with California athletes while they were turning around a down-trodden San Jose Spartan Football team. Now some of those former athletes of theirs at San Jose State may play a big role in their recruiting at Colorado.

Three star defensive back Glen Ihenacho is very familiar with MacIntyre and especially Buffs safeties coach Charles Clark. Glen's older brother Duke played for the Buffs current coaching staff at San Jose before being selected to play for the Denver Broncos.

BuffPlayBook.com caught up Glen Thursday night to see if Colorado stands a chance to earn a visit from the standout athlete.

"Colorado is definitely still recruiting me very hard," Ihenacho said. "My entire family knows this staff very well, I have gotten to know Coach Clark really well."

We asked Ihenacho about the fact that his brother plays at Denver, only 30 miles from Boulder would that factor into his decision at all.

"It definitely could," Ihenacho said. "Being that close to him would be great."

In fact if Ihenacho takes an official visit to Colorado, he plans on visiting his brother and watch him play before he returns home.

"I make take a visit there," Ihenacho said. "It depends on a couple of things. My recruiting Coach Tucker and his son are going to take visits with me so I will have to see if it fits. I also might like to take a visit and also go up and see my brother."

His brother Duke has remained the same to him despite his success in the NFL.

"We are close, he is just Duke to me, not Duke the Denver Bronco," Ihenacho said. "Denver is definitely one of the best if not the best NFL teams in the country, they are definitely in the top 5. It's neat having a brother in that position."


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