When I spoke with Mississippi State commitment Brandon Holloway recently, he described receivers coach Angelo Mirando thusly: "He has a lot of energy. He's a funny guy. He knows when to be serious and when to joke around with you."
As you can read in today's Journal, that's exactly how Mirando's current players view him. At 25, he can communicate with college kids a little better than older coaches can. For a receiving corps that has no seniors and is beginning to mature, that's an invaluable trait.
Mirando proved in the Gator Bowl – and in the preparations leading up to it – that he can get the job done on the field. He's also done well in recruiting, judging by comments like Holloway's. His secret?
"One thing I have – I think I have – and I try to bring to the table every day, is juice," Mirando said. "They see that. And they know that everyone on this staff is passionate. I'm very passionate. I can relate to them. When I'm talking to potential prospects, just be myself."
Dan Mullen knew all this about Mirando when he promoted him from graduate assistant to full-time assistant in January. There were other good reasons for the hire.
"Coach (Mullen) has been around him a long time, I've been around him, coach (John) Hevesy's been around him, and we all feel confident in his abilities as a coach," offensive coordinator Les Koenning said.
While Mirando has been on the field to coach, he was still a graduate assistant at the time. He's looking forward to his new role come game day.
"I really look forward to being on the sideline and hearing the stadium, hearing the crowd, big play, cowbells ringing, all that stuff. That's what I look forward to."
Want more Mirando? Here's an audio excerpt from my one-on-one interview with him on Monday.