Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian won the Broyles Award as college football’s top assistant coach in 2020. He helped guide Alabama’s dynamic offense to a national championship.

Now, he’s the head coach at Texas, where he’ll have the tough task of getting the Longhorns to the College Football Playoff for the first time ever.

On Tuesday, Sarkisian joined 105.3 The Fan in Dallas and discussed what he learned from Nick Saban. He also talked about how he wants to go toe-to-toe with the Crimson Tide on the recruiting trails:

“My time with Coach Saban was tremendous,” Sarkisian told 105.3 the Fan’s GBag Nation on Tuesday. “He’s a great mentor of mine. He’s a tremendous coach. He’s a tremendous leader. Obviously, we’re different people, with different niches. He’s a defensive guy, I’m an offensive guy, and the idea is that, hopefully, we are going into the same living room back-to-back nights competing for the same players off the field. And then the goal is that at the end of the college football season, we are competing on the field in the Playoff because that’s the standard here. And I know that’s the standard at Alabama, and we should be going toe-to-toe on a daily basis with recruits, and we should be going toe-to-toe on the field every season.”

Alabama just put together the No. 1 recruiting class in the 2021 cycle, and it was rated as the best class ever assembled. That’s where Sark thinks Texas’s recruiting needs to be, too.

Can he bring Texas “back”? He’ll have his work cut out for him starting in 2021. Listen to his full interview with 105.3 The Fan here.