Alabama's Mario Cristobal sweeps top award from major recruiting services
Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal dominated recruiting in the 2015 cycle. No other assistant coach came close.
Rivals named Cristobal its national Recruiter of the Year on Wednesday, joining 247Sports, ESPN and Scout.
Cristobal was the primary recruiter for three five-star signees — WR Calvin Ridley, DT Daron Payne and CB Minkah Fitzpatrick — and played a major role in signing seven others, including a handful of four-star players.
“Look at his out-of-state work,” Rivals.com national recruiting director Mike Farrell said. “What he did in-state with Payne and (four-star G Lester) Cotton — that’s impressive. But he went into South Florida and landed the No. 1 receiver in the country in Ridley, and his teammate (four-star ATH Shawn) Burgess-Becker. Then he went up to New Jersey and took Fitzpatrick when everyone was recruiting him.”
Alabama finished with the No. 1 recruiting class in 2015 according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings, though some sites ranked USC’s class ahead of the Tide.
Here’s what each of the other recruiting services said about Cristobal.
“Overall, Cristobal was the primary, lead recruiter for four or five-star prospects out of five different states. He played a role in each offensive lineman (five) the Crimson Tide signed and was on the road constantly building relationships with the recruits and those close to them.
“Cristobal is well respected as a coach and a recruiter. Do not expect him to be an assistant coach much longer. He was the head coach at FIU from 2007-2012 and he will be a head coach again much sooner than later.”
“In total, Cristobal had a hand in landing 10 commits out of the 2015 class at Alabama. That’s just under half of the 24 prospects that ultimately committed or signed with the Crimson Tide. Among those commits, Cristobal managed to touch New Jersey, south Florida, Washington, D.C., and even some more local homegrown talent.
“The No. 5 cornerback in the country (Fitzpatrick) according to 247Sports Composite committed in April and Cristobal was able to hold off Florida State, Penn State, Ohio State and others to keep the 6-1, 198-pounder in the class.”
“After taking over the top spot in the ESPN Recruiting Nation recruiting power rankings in June, Alabama’s Mario Cristobal never looked back, finishing the 2015 cycle as ESPN’s Recruiter of the Year. The Tide picked up the nation’s top-ranked class and Cristobal’s haul featured high-profile names such as No. 4 cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, No. 7 safety Shawn Burgess-Becker, No. 19 defensive end Christian Bell and No. 23 Calvin Ridley.”