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Notes from Mario Cristobal's signing day press conference

In addition to speaking on the 25 players to affix their names to an FIU letter of intent, Mario Cristobal made a little news Wednesday.

He set the date for the Spring Game for April 1, the final day of spring practice, which begins March 3.

Cristobal confirmed Todd Orlando is in line to become the next defensive coordinator, but for some reason has not able to make the hire official.

He also said that freshman defensive tackle Jordan White, who battled weight issues this fall, could possibly see action on the offensive line going forward.

Other nuggets...

On recruiting class' focus: "Getting bigger, rangier and longer [on defense]. We wanted to make sure we have guys that have enough range to be effective. We're always looking for explosive and athletic athletes. Third down and the red zone, we're going to be much better team."

On the immediate impact of the class: "We have a lot of game-changers, guys that will make an immediate impact. We expect everyone to be a member of the two-deep at some point during the fall."

What he's most proud of from this class: "It’s just explosive all the way around. A different caliber of player. Naturally they can accelerate to the football. Guys with tremendous football sense, who can change the game. It’s the easiest time we’ve ever had to make a highlight tape."

On the importance of recruiting: "We recruit like men possessed. It’s our lifeline. We have some real nice plays run up on paper. They are pretty detailed. But you have to have the players to make those plays work. Recruiting has to be a part of our every single day."

If there is enough footballs for all the skill position players: "FIU has been the place where a lot of kids want to come. We had a great influx, as of late, of guys who wanted to commit. It makes you say, you know what, we could be a little bit more patient. We can continue to assess certain positions that are stocked pretty well, and focus on other positions going forward."


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