UAB head football coach Bill Clarkannounced the signing of 22 prospects to National Letters of Intent onWednesday. It marked Clark's first recruiting class as the head coach of theUAB football program.
"Obviously, we came in at a verylate date from a recruiting standpoint," said Clark. "One of the first thingsthat we wanted to do was look at what our needs were. We wanted to addressthose needs. That's one of the best things to happen out of this class was tobe able to address our needs."
More than half of UAB's recruitingclass was comprised of junior college prospects. A total of 14 prospects playedat the junior college level in 2013. In addition, seven of the 22 prospectsthat 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 reallyexcited 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 theoffensive side of the ball, including seven offensive linemen. Twoquarterbacks, two wide receivers and one running back also joined the Blazers'football program.
10 defensive players signed theirNational Letters of Intent with UAB on Wednesday, including five defensivebacks. Three defensive linemen, one linebacker, and one safety rounded out the2014 UAB football recruiting class.
"We had to address some immediateneeds," concluded Clark. "We had to get older. We are playing in a really toughleague 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 immediate needs."
Daniel Anousheh OL 6-4 270 Lancaster, Calif. (Antelope Valley College)
Bobby Baker DB 6-3 195 Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Pierce College)
Justin Brown OL 6-3 295 Hampton, Ga. (Lovejoy HS)
Desman Carter SAF 6-2 205 Pomona, Calif. (Riverside City College)
** Cody Clements QB 6-2 210 Whittier, Calif. (Cerritos College)
Deontae Crumitie OL 6-3 270 Lake City, Fla. (Columbia HS)
Demarco Davis DB 5-11 172 Atlanta, Ga. (Booker T. Washington HS)
Kelepi Folau OL 6-3 305 Concord, Calif. (Diablo Valley Community College)
Darvell Harris DB 6-2 180 Chicago, Ill. (Dodge City Community College)
** Parrish Huddleston DL 6-0 295 Dorsey, Miss. (Northeast Mississippi CC)
** Kalen Jackson DB 6-1 205 Magee, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
Ryan Krum OL 6-5 325 El Cajon, Calif. (Grossmont College)
Collin Lisa WR 5-10 180 Alpharetta, Ga. (Chattahoochee HS)
Alonzo McGee LB 6-1 225 Sumter, S.C. (Georgia Military College)
Aeron McNeal RB 5-11 180 Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach HS)
** Carson Miller OL 6-4 300 Poplarville, Miss. (Pearl River CC)
Rolan Milligan DB 5-11 185 Lake City, Fla. (Reedley College)
** Robert Mondie DL 6-2 300 Memphis, Tenn. (Coahoma CC)
Quincy Perdue WR 6-3 210 Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter HS)
Joseph Roberts DL 6-3 215 Trussville, Ala. (Trussville HS)
Kelvin Shelton OL 6-4 270 Moreno Valley, Calif. (Mt. San Jacinto College)
Taz Wilson QB 6-4 207 Alpharetta, Ga. (Chattahoochee HS)
** Enrolled at UAB in January, 2014.
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