It was no surprise the first question coach Mike MacIntyre received during his signing day press conference was about the decision to bring his son, Jay, to Colorado just a few years after Buffs fans soured on another family affair in the program.

"He's got a really good-looking mom, I know that," MacIntyre deadpanned.

Many believed Jay MacIntyre would tilt this way, but he didn't make it official until national signing day just as Cody Hawkins did back in 2006 when he signed with CU to play for his father, Dan Hawkins.

Jay MacIntyre, Monarch's athlete extraordinaire joined his father's rebuilding project, turning down offers from Wyoming and Air Force among others. A quarterback (among other things) at Monarch, Jay MacIntyre signed with the Buffaloes as an athlete.

He'll see time as a return man and likely as either a slot receiver or defensive back. He settled on CU last Thursday, although he didn't let anyone immediately know.

"At first it was a tough decision of whether I should play with my dad or if I shouldn't," said MacIntyre, who accounted for 31 touchdowns in his lone season at Monarch. "I just decided my heart's with the Buffs and I love the Colorado family they have going there."

Mike MacIntyre's only previous experience officially coaching his son came when Jay was 7. Mike MacIntyre coached his son's basketball team nicknamed the Sharks.

Mike MacIntyre already was acutely aware of the challenges of a father-son dynamic in a college football program. He played for his father, George MacIntyre, at Vanderbilt in the 1980s. He said throughout the recruiting process that his son would not play quarterback for the Buffs and he believes that takes a lot of steam out of any potential criticism from fans.

"He's a young man that can really run fast," Mike MacIntyre said of his son. "He's really quick and he can play multiple positions, not quarterback, but he can play multiple spots. ... We'll just figure out where he fits in, but he brings speed and quickness to us."

MacIntyre went out of his way to remove any bias from the decision to recruit his son. He said he asked his staff to meet four separate times to review film of his son without him in the room and decide whether to recruit him. He said each time his assistants told him they believed Jay MacIntyre could help the program.

Monarch coach Phil Bravo hopes CU fans will give MacIntyre a clean slate and not compare his situation to the past.

Bravo said the notion that CU is playing MacIntyre at positions other than QB "fits his physical nature a little better. You know there will be skeptics that will make the comparison. ... The commonality is that they're both coaches who had sons who played at CU.

"The difference is, in my opinion, is that Jay is one of the premier players in the state of Colorado."

Mixed results in-state

Jay MacIntyre is one of four in-state recruits CU announced Wednesday with hopes of welcoming one more to the program Thursday. Four in-state recruits is the most since the 2009 class.

Mike MacIntyre said he believes his coaching staff is making progress is developing relationships with recruits and high school coaches around the state that will prevent so many recruits getting away in the future.

Programs such as Alabama, Arizona State, Kansas State, Stanford and UCLA signed Colorado players on Wednesday. CU coaches met for two hours Wednesday morning to discuss the 2015 class and their approach both in-state and outside the state.

It's not looking good for the Buffs in-state for the 2015 class already. CU's old rival Nebraska has nabbed commitments from the state's two highest rated recruits in the class.

Avery Anderson, a 6-foot-1 defensive back from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs committed to the Huskers last week. Eric Lee, a 5-10 cornerback from Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch committed to Nebraska one day before Anderson.

Invested

MacIntyre began his press conference Wednesday by thanking chancellor Phil DiStefano and athletic director Rick George for investing in the recruiting process.

MacIntyre said it was the first time he has been at a school where the chancellor and athletic director participated in every recruiting weekend.

"It was really, really awesome," MacIntyre said. "I think that made a big difference. That doesn't happen at every school you go to."

MacIntyre endows scholarship

MacIntyre became a fan of lacrosse while coaching at Duke and recently decided to endow a scholarship for the fledgling CU women's lacrosse program. He explained that he wants to leave a legacy at CU.

Basketball coach Tad Boyle and George also endowed scholarships for programs at CU in the past six months.

Notable

CU continued to succeed in California, landing at least 10 recruits from the state for the third straight year. ... CU signed two players from Utah, matching the total number recruited from that neighboring state to the west in the past 41 years. ... CU used only 36 of its 62 possible official visits for recruits in this cycle.