The change agent is here. Mario Cristobal will update the narrative. Coach Cristobal was the recruiter of the year in 2015 as a member of the Crimson Tide staff. The Oregon Ducks had its best recruiting class in history under his watch. On the trail, Cristobal is unwavering, unrelenting and unafraid. He is constant, consistent and calculated. The guy’s blood type is coffee. He doesn’t sleep.
A new Miami era of football is here. There is a perception that was shattered once the administration hired Cristobal. The University president, its brass, its AD, its board of trustee members are serious about football. Every move that has been made this offseason has signified it and then some. All this helps to get Miami back to where it wants to go.
If Coach Cristobal can amass the talent that translates seamlessly to the NFL, the Hurricanes will be just fine. That isn’t opinion, that is Miami Hurricanes’ history and the recent landscape of college football talking. Go take a look at Alabama’s, Georgia’s and Clemson’s recent track records. They are ferocious.
I am confident Mario will get the talent. He always has. So then there is one other matter left to take care of. The matter of kids declaring early and instead of playing on Sundays, they are spectators on Sundays. Predatory pimps sell them either bad dreams or false realities with no real skin in the game. I understand people are trying to make a living off players going to the NFL but for them it has always been a win/win. When one kid doesn’t make it, they will simply find another. A dream shattered is of no consequence.
Alonzo Highsmith was domino one. Howard Schnellenberger convinced the highly coveted recruit that if he stayed in Miami, greatness would happen. It did. Mario Cristobal can boast the same. He can sell that same dream. He can convince kids to stay home. Now once they become Hurricanes they need to listen to Highsmith’s advice about the NFL as though it was gospel. It just might be.