The momentum for #TheReturn continued this past weekend as the UAB football coaching staff picked up several commitments to go along with what is already shaping up to be a historic 2016 recruiting class. Five talented prospects stepped on campus for their official visits and all five returned home verbally committed to the Blazers. Darryl Waters, Jonathan Charles, and Tyler Marshall accounted for three of the five visitors. These three young men were already committed to UAB, but a weekend visit looks to have solidified their intentions of signing the dotted line next month.

The two new commitments came from Iowa Western Community College in offensive guard Malique Johnson and Lafayette High offensive tackle Jordan Jamison. Johnson, who stands at 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, was teammates with several other UAB signees and prospects, which had to help us land the big fella. Jamison is another giant standing at 6-foot-7’ and weighing in at 320 pounds. He chose the Blazers over Southern Miss, Central Arkansas, and Troy. Jamison’s commitment was followed by an accepted preferred walk-on offer from Keontre’ Toles. Toles, a 5-foot-9, 235 pound linebacker, is teammates with Jamison at Lafayette High.

Lastly, the surprise commitment of the weekend came from Garrison Mitchell who is a 6-foot-1, 193 pound defensive back/wide receiver from Blinn College in Beaumont, Texas. Mitchell is a highly talented and multi dimensional prospect who chose UAB over offers from Colorado State, Southern Miss, and Stephen F. Austin. He also had interest from programs such as Arizona, SMU, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt. At the receiver position during the 2015 season he registered 25 catches for 498 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Some other updates worth mentioning:

UAB QB commit, Tyler Johnston, won Alabama’s “Mr. Football” award on Wednesday, January 13. He is one of the biggest pieces to the puzzle for the Blazers 2016 spring recruiting class.

A big time target for the Blazers is 2016 wide receiver, Malik Williams. Williams stands at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds and is currently enrolled at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Calif. As is the case with any talented player, UAB is not the only one in hot pursuit of his commitment. Louisville has already extended an offer and has an official visit setup for January 23. Williams was set to visit Purdue this last weekend and has an official visit scheduled for UAB on the 29th. UAB Head Coach Bill Clark had an in-home visit with Williams last week.

Another huge class of 2016 target for UAB is Marquis Wimberly. Wimberly is a 6-foot-2, 200 pound JUCO wide receiver from Victorville, Calif. UNLV is the current favorite to land the talented receiver, but UAB will not go down without a fight. Wimberly recently announced that he will visit UAB next weekend, January 22. Wimberly also holds offers from Southern Miss, Texas State, Georgia State, Idaho, North Texas, Northern Arizona, South Alabama, and Weber State.

It has been confirmed that Kylen Binn has accepted a preferred walk-on offer from UAB. The 6-foot-6, 230 pound JUCO QB is a prospect I talked about in last week’s recruiting update. He chose the Blazers over a similar offer by the Oregon Ducks.

Corey Davis (2016), a 6-foot-2, 210 pound wide receiver from East Mississippi Community College, picked up an offer from UAB on Thursday, January 14.

The Clay Chalkville High football Twitter account, @CCHSfootbal, reported Greg Fecanin was set to visit UAB this past Saturday. Fecanin is a 6-foot-3, 300 pound center. Since his name was not mentioned by anyone else, I think it’s safe to say this was an unofficial visit for the local prospect.

Another local prospect, this one from Hewitt High in Trussville, Ala., picked up a UAB offer last week. Noah Igbinoghene (2017) is a 6-foot, 190 pound cornerback/wide receiver who already boasts offers from Arkansas State, Duke, Iowa State, Jacksonville State, Memphis, Troy, Wake Forest, and Yale. Igbinoghene is a multi-sport athlete at Hewitt and wants to find a college that will allow him to play football and run track & field at the collegiate level.

As mentioned in an earlier article, Kevin Howard (2017) is visiting UAB this month. His unofficial visit is set for Friday, January 22.

Tank Jenkins (2018) received an offer from UAB on Friday, January 15. The 6-foot-4, 315 pound offensive tackle is a known commodity on the recruiting trail who already holds offers from 11 Division 1 schools including some of the top programs in the country. Auburn and Alabama are early favorites.

Myles Mason (2018) received an offer from UAB on Thursday, January 14. All signs point towards the highly talented 6-foot-2, 185 pound safety from Pleasant Grove High to commit and sign with the University of Alabama. If he doesn’t, Mason will have no shortage of opportunities as he already holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Jacksonville State, MTSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee State, and Western Kentucky.

Will Lawrence (2018), who currently holds 32 Division 1 offers, recently received another one from UAB on Tuesday, January 12. Lawrence, a 6-foot-4, 285 pound offensive tackle from Memphis, Tenn., would appear to be a long shot for the Blazers at this time.

UAB was the first Division 1 program to extend an offer to Raymond Woodie. Woodie, a 6-foot, 175 pound quarterback from Tampa, Fla. is a class of 2019 prospect. His father is the linebackers coach at USF, so I would consider them an early favorite. However, a lot can happen between now and the time Woodie is set to make a decision.

Most up-to-date list of players committed to UAB and set to sign in Spring 2016:

  • Maquedius “Quay” Bain – 6’4” 300 pounds. Defensive tackle. Pear River C.C. in Poplarsville, MS
  • Earl Chambers – 6’2” 195 pounds. Safety. Merced College in Merced, CA
  • Jonathan Charles – 6’1” 240 pounds. Inside linebacker. Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys, CA
  • Jordan Jamison – 6’7” 320 pounds. Offensive tackle. Lafayette High School in Oxford, MS
  • Malique Johnson – 6’3” 315 pounds. Offensive Guard. Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA
  • Tyler Johnston – 6’2” 212 pounds. Dual threat quarterback. Spanish Fort High School in Spanish Fort, AL
  • Andrew Marshall – 6’8” 360 pounds. Offensive tackle. Globe Institute of Technology in New York, NY
  • Tyler Marshall – 6’5” 225 pounds. Pro style quarterback. Northview High School in Dothan, AL
  • Garrison Mitchell – 6’1” 193 pounds. Defensive back/wide receiver. Blinn College in Beaumont, TX
  • Darryl Waters – 6’4 245” pounds. Strongside defensive end. Coffeyville C.C. in Coffeyville, KS
  • *Keontre’ Toles – 5’9” 235 pounds. Linebacker. Lafayette High School in Oxford, MS
  • *Kylen Binn – 6’6” 230. Quarterback. Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, KS

* Players are expected to sign as preferred walk-ons