THE LAST ONE
Had there been no coaching changes in this recruiting cycle, Cyrus Moss’s recruiting could have taken a very different path. One that would likely end up in the Pacific Northwest in Oregon.
But in the past few months there have been significant changes in the coaching landscape and one of the biggest has been Mario Cristobal leaving the Ducks to go home to Miami.
This played a huge factor for Moss, who played in the Hurricanes in Oregon, USC and others on Saturday at the All-American Bowl.
That relationship was just too much for those Pac-12 and other schools to get over. The extraordinary Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas (Nev.) Hit Cristobal during his time in Oregon and after a belated visit to Miami just before the initial signing period, the move was already made: Moss would play for the Hurricanes.
ON HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH MARIO CRISTOBAL
“Coach (Mario) Cristobal is a good guy and he knows it,” Bishop Gorman’s defensive coordinator of Las Vegas, Chris Brown, told CaneSport. “Oregon saw him as the next Kayvon Thibodeaux, they wanted him to be the next guy to compete to take Thibodeaux’s place. He loved it, he built that relationship with the coaches and they hugged him, they really thought he could excel in Oregon. He was starting to fall in love with Oregon. “
WHAT DOES IT MEAN
Cristobal has had tremendous success recruiting the Western but also nationwide region while in Oregon and has established relationships across the country that he can take advantage of now that he is with hurricanes.
Had Cristobal stayed in Eugene, Miami would never have had a chance to land Moss. Now that he’s coaching the Hurricanes, Moss ends up there and other great West prospects might take a look at Miami as well. The four-star is long, skinny, and has an incredible ability to cover the ground and play to his strengths. Whether he ends up playing in space or growing more in his body and lowering his hand and being a rusher, Moss is an athletic specimen who could do a lot for Miami’s defense.