Position: Defensive Back
Location: Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Weight: 185 pounds
Recruiting: Oregon came almost out of nowhere to win this one. A month ago, the Ducks weren't even recruiting him. Then in the last few weeks, they offered him a scholarship, he took an official visit to Eugene last weekend and committed just a few days later.
What to Like: ‘Nacho is one of the most versatile defensive back in the West with the ability to play almost anywhere in the secondary. He plays safety for Serra and is a big hitter, with high level athleticism and a nose for the football. He runs well enough to play corner in college and clocked a 4.48-40 and jumped 38 inches in the vertical at the NorCal NIKE Camp last May. In fact following his visit, ‘Nacho said Oregon DB coach John Neal compared him to current Duck corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, so it sounds like he may get a shot at corner to start out.
What may be of concern: Ihenacho hasn't had a great senior season and a few of his early favorites, namely Washington and UCLA, actually stopped recruiting him. Playing with so much talent at Serra, it can be tough to stand out at times and that was the case for Ihenacho. The other question is what exactly is his best position in college. He has always played safety but has more of a corner frame. Can he develop those corner skills to be a standout in the Pac 12?
Overall Analysis: I like Ihenacho and feel he'll have no problems answering the questions some have of him. He's an instinctive player and a quick learner, which should help him if he indeed starts out at corner. There's not a better teacher among DB coaches out West than John Neal and Ihenacho has a wide skill set to work with. He's athletic and tough and wants to be good. He's a natural leader and should make quick strides when he gets to college.