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UAB Football Signing Day Reception at Iron City Birmingham
Blazer fans, students, and alumni gathered inside Iron City Wednesday night for food and football. The turnout was better than expected and the place was packed. For many, this was the first time they would be able to see and hear from new football coach Bill Clark. Coach Clark was there to give answers.
He started the night off with the usual, thanking everyone for coming, thanking Iron City for letting them use the building, but then the real talk started.
“So in our first meeting, we talked about where we were headed and what kind of family we were gonna be. All we ask the staff is, are you in the family? And that’s important to me because it’s not about me it’s about the staff. And all the things that they do on a daily basis by mentoring these guys and getting the most out of them and the recruiting,” said Clark.
Coach Clark then got into one of the main points of the evening. The recruits.
“I just wanna tell you how excited we are to get to know about our players and the work they have already exhibited, and the excitement on our campus. In the brief amount of time we had with these guys one of the things we see is that they’re hungry to do things right, they’re hungry to win. On a recruiting stand point, 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. You’re gonna see that it’s very heavy on offensive lineman and defensive backs,” said Clark.
Another fact to note, is that these players come from all over. Of course some of the closer states, like Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee, but 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. I am really excited about what we’ve seen in the brief time that we’ve gotten to know them,” said Clark.
And Clark wasn’t joking when he said heavy recruiting on offensive lineman, UAB inked eleven players on the offensive side of the ball, including seven offensive linemen. Two quarterbacks, two wide receivers and one running back, were recruiting as well, and based on the highlights that they showed, they were top of their class.
Clark stated earlier that he was very old-school and that he really believed in building a strong defense, and his recruits prove that. Ten 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.
Coach Clark ended the night by drawing for a personally signed football, the first signed piece of gear in his time here.
Coach Clark has a short term plan and a long term plan to win.
“We had to address some immediate needs. 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,” said Clark at the end of the night.