Glen Ihenacho committed to Oregon on Thursday night after taking a trip to Eugene last weekend.
He loved the campus and the facilities and playing for one of the top programs in the nation were also considerable factors. What really sold the Gardena (Calif.) Serra three-star defensive back was his relationship with the coaching staff.
"What stood out the most was meeting the coaches especially my position coach, John Neal," Ihenacho said. "We just had a one-on-one conversation. He was really good with people skills with my family. He was being himself.
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"The first time I ever saw John Neal at Oregon he was sleeping in his office. It was a lot of funny conversation and the relationship was built on a snap. With that relationship we just talked mainly about football but it gave us both a chance to get to know each other better."
It was a similar situation when Ihenacho met with Oregon coach Mark Helfrich. Comfortable conversation, an easiness in their talks and the Serra recruit felt comfortable with the entire thing there.
"I just felt comfortable with the coaching staff," Ihenacho said. "I also had a great talk with coach Helfrich and we had a connection so that really stood out a lot."
About a week before the trip was scheduled, Ihenacho said Oregon offered. He said he didn't really consider committing prior to the visit but once he was there everything worked out and the deal was done.
"I wasn't really thinking much about it," Ihenacho said. "If I liked it and everything connected then I would commit."
Other visits are possible but Ihenacho said nothing is scheduled yet. Serra continues its playoff run Friday night.