It has been said on multiple occasions of him being relentless. Relentless in a very specific variable of the college football landscape, which if you believe like I do, is the catalyst of all great teams … Talent Acquisition, or in other words, the Recruiting of Blue Chip players.
Coach Mario Cristobal is that DUDE. The one of a handful of head coaches in the country who commands the room like few others. There are an abundant of good recruiters throughout college football, but there are only a few great ones. Is Mario in the same class as Saban, Jimbo, Dabo and Meyer? If you dont think so, I am sorry, but your are dead wrong.
Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and realize he recruited the likes of T.Y. Hilton, Johnathan Cyprien and Anthony Gaitor as a first time head coach at FIU. After a quick 6 week stint back at Miami under Al Golden, the GOAT came calling and Nick Saban hired Mario to be his OL coach as well as Recruiting Coordinator. Saban doesn’t do anything that won’t make his team better and he just hired Mario to lead the recruiting of the best team in the country. Did it pay off? Coach Cristobal was at Alabama for four seasons and for those four seasons, Alabama had the #1 ranked recruiting class in the country. Now, some people believed it was because of the “A” on his chest (cough cough). I beg to differ, and I did. Simply put, Mario owned the recruiting game.