Clark Announces Inaugural Recruiting Class Blazers welcome 22 signees
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UAB head football coach Bill Clark announced the signing
of 22 prospects to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. It marked Clark's first
recruiting class as the head coach of the UAB football program.
"Obviously, we came in at a very late date from a recruiting standpoint," said Clark.
"One of the first things that we wanted to do was look at what our needs were. We
wanted to address those needs. That's one of the best things to happen out of this
class was to be able to address our needs."
More than half of UAB's recruiting class was comprised of junior college prospects. A
total of 14 prospects played at the junior college level in 2013. In addition, seven of
the 22 prospects that signed with the Blazers hail from the state of California.
"We found some really good, quality junior college players that fit our needs," stated
Clark. "I am really excited about what we've seen in the brief time that we've gotten
to know them. We feel like they are going to address some needs for us."
UAB inked 11 players on the offensive side of the ball, including seven offensive
linemen. Two quarterbacks, two wide receivers and one running back also joined
the Blazers' football program.
10 defensive players signed their National Letters of Intent with UAB on
Wednesday, including five defensive backs. Three defensive linemen, one
linebacker, and one safety rounded out the 2014 UAB football recruiting class.
"We had to address some immediate needs," concluded Clark. "We had to get older.
We are playing in a really tough league and I'm not going to tell our seniors we
are going to win in four years. We are trying to win right now, so we addressed
Played junior and senior years at Chattahoochee High School after moving to Alpharetta, Ga. from Charlotte, N.C. ... coached by Mike Owens as a senior at Chattahoochee ... earned first-team All-Region 6-AAAAAA Region honors as a senior ... was a honorable mention Class AAAAAA all-state selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... also tabbed honorable mention all-state by Georgia Sportswriters Association ... totaled 981 yards receiving in his senior season at Chattahoochee HS ... listed as a Top 75 prospect in State of Georgia by Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... picked up the MVP award at the Atlanta MVP camp and Raw Talent Sports showcase ... named Offensive MVP of the Adidas Invitational ... was named to the 2012 Class AAAAAA all-conference team and was also tabbed for all-region honors ... helped team to berth in state playoffs as a junior ... finished with 13 touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards as a junior at Chattahoochee ... as a freshman and sophomore, was named to the Union County NC First Team All-Conference (2010, 2011) and the Union County NC First Team All-County (2011).
OL | 6-3 | 295
Hampton, Ga. (Lovejoy HS)
Played for head coach Al Hughes at Lovejoy HS in Lovejoy, Ga. ... rated a three-star prospect according to 247sports.com and ESPN.com ... given a scout grade of 74 according to ESPN, and ranked as the No. 65 player in the country at his position ... named to the 2013 Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State Class 6A Honorable Mention Team ... was an anchor for Lovejoy running back Travis Curtis who rushed for more than 4,000 yards in two seasons ... helped Lovejoy to two runner-up finishes in the state playoffs and four region championships.
DL | 6-3 | 215
Trussville, Ala. (Hewitt-Trussville HS)
Played at nearby Hewitt-Trussville High School ... as a senior, Roberts totaled 76 tackles which ranked fifth on the team ... added nine tackles for loss ... tied for team lead in sacks with three ... contributed three pass breakups.
Played last two seasons at Georgia Military College ... prepped at Crestwood High School in Sumter, S.C., where he played for head coach Keith Crolley ... totaled 48 tackles in 11 games last year at Georgia Military College ... had two sacks last season ... led Crestwood high school in tackles his senior season with 123 total tackles, including 23 for loss ... had five quarterback sacks in his senior season ... played primarily at the outside linebacker spot, but also plays middle linebacker... participated in the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game his senior season.
Named to the All-Broward First Team following his senior season ... rushed for 1,053 yards and 15 touchdowns on 139 carries as a senior ... also named to the 2013 Class 8A Football All-State Team as an honorable mention selection ... helped his team to an 11-1 record and No. 19 national ranking as a senior at Deerfield Beach HS ... runs a 4.45 40-yard dash.
DB | 6-3 | 195
Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Pierce College)
Played under head coachEfrain Martinez at Pierce College...2013 Southern California FootballAssociation All-American Division Second Team honoree...registered 39 tackles during his sophomore year...led his team to the 2013 American Division title...clinched the division championship with a victory against Glendale College, in which he returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown...played high school football at Taft HS under Jarrud Prosser and Steve Sprague...averaged 2.4 tackles per game as a high school junior.
Three-star prospect according to 247sports.com and Scout.com...ranked the No. 131 wide receiver in the nation according to Scout.com...was ranked the No. 188 wide receiver in the country according to 247sports.com...played under head coach Jep Irwin at Lassiter HS...participated in the Cobb County All-Star Senior Bowl...led Lassiter HS to a 7-4 record and its second consecutive Georgia Class AAAAAA Region 5 title in his final season...registered 45 receptions for 778 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013...hauled in three receptions for 201 yards and three touchdowns against Milton...also ran track and field, placing first in the Georgia Class AAAAAA Region 5 200-meter dash and second in the 100-meter dash as a junior.
OL | 6-5 | 325
El Cajon, Calif. (Grossmont College)
Played two seasons under head coach Mike Jordan at Grossmont College...2013 All-Southern California Football Association Second Team honoree...helped pave the way for Treyous Jarrells, who rushed for 1,139 yards, in 2013...led his team to a 10-11 record in his two seasons at Grossmont...played high school football at Valhalla HS under Charles Bussey and Steve Sutton...participated in the 2012 PrepStar California Classic All-Star Game.
Was team's leading tackler in 2013 with 49 stops, including 23 solo tackles ... recorded three tackles for loss (-10 yards) and one sack (-8 yards) ... attended Melrose High School in Memphis ... has two years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
OL | 6-4 | 300
Poplarville, Miss. (Pearl River CC)
Anchored Pearl River offensive line in 2013 ... selected to play in MACJC All-Star Game ... earned second-team all-state honors by Jackson Clarion-Ledger as a senior at West Point High School ... will have two years of eligibility remaining.
DB | 6-1 | 205
Magee, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
As a sophomore at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, he ranked sixth on the team in tackles with 43 stops, including 27 solo hits ... earned a trip to the MACJC All-Star Game last season ... named MACJC First-Team All-State at Copiah-Lincoln Community College ... recorded a pair of interceptions and 15 pass breakups ... attended Magee High School in Magee,Miss., where he also played baseball and basketball ... he rushed for 1,039 yards and totaled 17 touchdowns in his senior season at Magee High School.
Will have two years of eligibility remaining after signing with the Blazers ... attended Baldwyn High School prior to going to Northeast Mississippi CC ... played under head coach Ricky Smither at Northeast Mississippi CC ... saw action in six games in 2013 and registered 22 tackles with a pair of sacks and three tackles for loss ... a former first-team all-state high school defensive tackle at Baldwyn High ... listed as one of state's top 10 defensive tackles by Mississippi Gridiron.
Began collegiate career at Washington State but transferred to Cerritos (Calif.) College where he played in 2013 ... will have two years of eligibility remaining ... passed for 1,953 yards and 16 touchdowns last season as he completed 144-of-247 ... led team to 64-33 victory over Grossmont in Western State Bowl to cap off the season ... passed for 243 yards and four touchdowns vs. Grossmont ... best passing performance was 288 yards ... as a prep performer at La Habra High School, he helped his team win four straight CIFChampionships ... passed for 2,067 yards and 32 touchdowns with just one interception as a prep senior after accounting for 2,150 passing yards and 29 touchdowns his junior year.
OL | 6-3 | 270
Lake City, Fla. (Columbia HS)
One of the top lineman prospects in North Florida ... tabbed a Class 6A first-team all-state offensive lineman by the Associated Press ... earned a spot on the Florida team in the Florida-Georgia War of the Border All-Star Game, which pits the Top 60 seniors from South Georgia vs. the Top 60 seniors from North Florida ... three-year letterman ... named third-team All-First Coast for Florida by The Times-Union in Jacksonville ... listed as a first-team offensive lineman on the All-North Central Team by FloridaHSFootball.com ... had 50 pancake blocks as a senior.
OL | 6-4 | 270
Lancaster, Calif. (Antelope Valley College)
Played two seasons at Antelope Valley College under head coach Perry Jehlica ... named to the All-California Region V First Team in 2013 ... helped Antelope Valley HS to an 11-9 record during his two seasons there ... played high school football at Quartz Hill HS ... also wrestled at Quartz Hill HS.
DB | 5-11 | 185
Lake City, Fla. (Reedley College)
Played for head coach Randy Whited at Reedley College ... played in nine games during the 2013 season ... finished with 44 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... attended Lake Wales High School where he also played quarterback as a senior ... earned 5A All-State Honorable Mention in his senior year.
S | 6-2 | 205
Pomona, Calif. (Riverside City College)
Spent one season at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif. ... rated a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com ... finished the 2013 season with 39 total tackles and 2.5 for loss ... scored one defensive touchdown on an 87-yard interception return ... forced one fumble, picked up two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups for the Tigers as a sophomore ... helped RCC to the Southern California Football Association Championship in 2013 ... started his career at Nevada and spent one season with the Wolfpack.
OL | 6-3 | 305
Concord, Calif. (Diablo Valley Community College)
Played the last two seasons at Diablo Valley Community College in Pleasant Hill, Calif. ...prepped for head coach Todd Bauleke at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord, Calif. ... a two-star prospect according to Rivals.com and Scout.com ... has played both offensive guard and defensive tackle ... was a two-time First-Team All-Conference selection in high school ... was on the wrestling team and played baseball in high school.
DB | 5-11 | 172
Atlanta, Ga. (Booker T. Washington (Ga.) HS)
Played for head coach Rodney Hackney at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Ga. ... captain of the Bulldogs' football team in his senior season ... recorded a 4.4 second 40-yard dash and has a 33" vertical leap ... a versatile player who played cornerback, quarterback and wide receiver at Booker T. Washington.
DB | 6-2 | 180
Chicago, Ill. (Dodge City Community College)
Attended Dodge City Community College where he played for two years under head coach Gary Thomas … helped his team to a 6-4 finish in 2013 … appeared in 10 games and recorded 21 tackles on the season … was named one of the Players to Watch by The Garden City Telegram before the 2013 season … also competed in track and field at Dodge City CC.
OL | 6-4 | 270
Moreno Valley, Calif. (Mt. San Jacinto College)
Attended junior college at Mt. San Jacinto College ... appeared in two games in the 2013-14 season and had two tackles as a defensive lineman ... played four years at Rancho Verde High School ... helped his team to a 14-0 season as a senior ... rated the No. 31 offensive lineman in California coming out of high school.
Was the Georgia Class AAAAAA Region 6 passing leader with 2,097 yards passing last season … also threw 18 touchdowns at Chattahoochee High School … earned second-team all-region 6-AAAAAA honors for the Cougars … coached by Mike Owens as a senior at Chattahoochee … started his high school career at Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas … rated a two-star prospect according to 247sports.com and Rivals.com … teammates with fellow UAB commit wide receiver Collin Lisa … a three-sport star who played both basketball and baseball in addition to football in high school … earned the Quarterback MVP and Leadership Award at the National Underclassmen Combine Football Camp.
An outstanding, rangy prospect from Central High School in Clay County � played on both sides of the ball at Central but expected to play wide receiver at UAB � was named a Class 4A first-team all-state selection by Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) � listed as No. 47 prospect in Alabama by Rivals � named to Anniston Star All-Area squad � registered 574 receiving yards and three touchdowns � on the defensive side, he recorded 41 tackles and four interceptions � played for Clay County High School up until senior year when Clay merged with Lineville into one school.