2016 Spring Signing Class:

Current National Ranking: 63rd

Current CUSA Ranking: 2nd only behind Marshall

  • #7 Tarik Ballard 6-foot-5, 260 pound tight end from Feather River Community College in Quincy, Calif. @Tarikisaboss

Coach Clark praised Ballard for having really good hands and being an above average blocker. Excelled on the defensive side of the ball this past year in JUCO, but the staff has him listed solely as a TE.

  • #4 Anthony “A.J.” Brooks 6-foot, 200 pound running back from Gavilan College in Gilroy, Calif. @AJ_brooks4

Brooks, a former ETSU commit, was won over on his visit to Birmingham earlier this month. The UAB coaching staff was blowing up his phone as of late and did a good job sealing the deal on Wednesday. Brooks runs a 4.41 40-yard dash and will look to compete in a very talented Blazer backfield.

  • #5 Earl Chambers 6-foot-2, 195 pound safety from Merced College in Merced, Calif. @EarlC_4

Chambers is originally from Jefferson Davis High in Montgomery, Ala., which helped Coach Clark become familiar with him. He racked up a total of 95 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss (TFL), two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions in his two seasons at Merced College.

  • #1 Demetrius Davis 5-foot-11, 175 pound athlete from Huffman High School in Birmingham, Ala. @ddavis1_

Davis arguably had the most Division 1 offers out of everyone who signed with UAB on Wednesday. After visiting UAB, Troy, and WKU this month, Davis faxed in his letter of intent (LOI) early this morning. He kept UAB fans guessing, but I felt it was the best fit for Davis all along. Sitting out in 2016 will allow Davis to recover from some nagging injuries and get back to full speed, which just so happens to be a 4.27 40-yard dash.

  • #70 Jordan Jamison 6-foot-7, 320 pound offensive tackle from Lafayette High in Oxford, Miss. @TripleJ_2016

This is a guy Coach Clark is excited to build his future offensive line around. Clark praised his frame and sounded optimistic that Jamison will play a key role on the offensive line for many years to come. Jamison chose UAB over offers from USM, Central Arkansas, and Troy.

  • #54 Malique Johnson 6-foot-3, 290 pound offensive guard from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa @MaliBallin

Johnson has played both the tackle and guard positions. He’ll bring experience to the UAB offensive line and should bring some chemistry as he’ll join several former teammates from Iowa Western.

  • #17 Tyler Johnston 6-foot-2, 212 pound dual threat quarterback from Spanish Fort High in Spanish Fort, Ala. @Tjohnston0130

Alabama’s “Mr. Football” made if official when he signed with the Blazers on Wednesday. Coach Clark’s relationship with Johnston and his family paid dividends in the long run. The dual threat QB had a lot of interest from schools as a DB, including several SEC programs. Johnston is convinced he can excel as a Division 1 QB and so is the UAB coaching staff.

  • #9 Dacorius “D.J.” Law 5-foot-11, 190 pound running back from East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss. @Showtime119

Law had some drama on signing day in 2014, but there was no drama today. DJ brings a lot to the table for the Blazers and should be heavily involved in the game plan once UAB returns to the field in 2017. He averaged 85 yards per contest this past season in junior college and had an impressive yards per carry ratio.

  • #7 Donnie Lee 6-foot-2, 215 pound strong safety from Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Ark.

Coach Clark was on record today saying Lee looks like a linebacker. His athleticism will be what gets him on the playing field in 2017. He is physical enough to punish running backs but also quick enough to cover wide receivers.

  • #10 Tyler Marshall 6-foot-5, 225 pound pro style quarterback/tight end from Northview High in Dothan, Ala. @Qb2k16

Coaching staff will look at him as a TE first, but he is a versatile player who can make an impact at multiple positions. He was one of the first commitments for the class of 2016 and has remained sold on UAB ever since. He’s a big supporter of the program and has been recruiting his tail off on social media to get other guys to join him at UAB.

  • #8 Raylon Richardson 6-foot-5, 185 pound wide receiver from Miller Grove High in Lithonia, Ga. @RaylonRoyal

With all the hype we’ve seen recently from the coaching staff, Richardson just may be the one guy we look at in 2017 and say, “How did we get him???” Coach Koenning expects Richardson to bulk up to 215 pounds and praised his catch radius that will give our QB confidence to throw it to him all game long. The high school basketball star could very well be the most underrated player we signed today when it’s all said and done.

  • #5 Ronnie Turner 6-foot-4, 187 pound wide receiver from Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif. @Callmeroo6

Turner had plenty of options coming out of JUCO; chose UAB over programs such as Colorado, Cincinnati, and MTSU. He averaged over 100 yards receiving per contest this past year. His brother, Michael Turner, is a walk-on QB for the Blazers.

  • #19 Darryl Waters 6-foot-4, 245 pound strongside defensive end from Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kan. @unleashed_11

Waters is a big time defensive player who is very versatile. He’ll be able to play both the jack linebacker or defensive end position.

  • #3 Andre Wilson 5-foot-10, 180 pound wide receiver from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas @Andre_Wilson11

Wilson will play the inside receiver position. He had a knack for the end zone this past season, racking up 13 total TDs. He did so while averaging 85 yards receiving per contest for a total of over 800 yards on the season.

  • #2 Marquis Wimberly 6-foot, 200 pound wide receiver from Chaffey Community College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. @AboveQuis

The former UNLV commit is one of the biggest steals in the spring 2016 signing class. Wimberly chose UAB over offers from UNLV, USM, Texas State, Georgia State, Idaho, UNT, Northern Arizona, South Alabama, and Weber State.

  • #4 Chris Woolbright 6-foot-3, 230 pound outside linebacker from Fresno City College in Fresno, Calif. @just_thatguy_1

The Brooklyn, NY native played JUCO out in California and will now finish his college career in Alabama. He is known for his athleticism, which will allow him to play both inside and outside linebacker. He was a Region 1 All-California First Team Defensive award recipient. UAB stuck with him through the entirety of his recruiting process, and it paid off in the end when he signed with the Blazers.

  • #90 Michael Wright 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive end from Blinn College in Beaumont, Texas @ThechosenWright

Wright will join several former teammates from Blinn College when he arrives on campus this summer. His size and experience will be of great value the next few years.

  • #15 Xavier Ubosi 6-foot-4, 200 pound wide receiver from LA Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. @XavierUbosi

Ubosi is a big, tall, and talented outside receiver. UAB has been after him for quite some time, and it had to be a relief to get a commitment from him earlier this week. He chose UAB over Arkansas State, UMASS, San Diego State, Southern Miss, Toledo, and Western Michigan.

Preferred Walk-Ons:

  • Chase Biles 5-foot-11, 190 pound athlete from Locust Fort High in Locust Fort, Ala.
  • Kylen Binn 6-foot-6, 230 pound quarterback from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas @_Kbinn
  • Greg Fecanin 6-foot-3, 300 pound center from Clay Chalkville High in Clay, Ala.
  • Luke Long 6-foot-3, 290 pound offensive guard from Glencoe High in Gadsden, Ala. @Luke_long65
  • Denzel Mitchell 5-foot-10, 197 pound running back from Hamilton High in Hamilton, Ala.
  • Montavious Smoke 6-foot-1, 182 cornerback from Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas @Smokes_Island21

Surprise Signee of the Day: Demetrius Davis

Surprise Non-Signee of the Day: Garrison Mitchell and Corey Davis. Both are no longer expected to sign with UAB.

Close, but No Cigar: Malik Williams. UAB finished second behind Louisville in the battle for William’s signature on Wednesday.

A Few Other Updates:

  • Tyler Haddock and Kendrick Hair did not sign today, but both are expected to sign and enroll in August. Both are much needed DTs.
  • UAB can sign an additional 7 or 8 prospects between now and August. Look for the Blazers to bring in a few transfers in addition to Haddock and Hair.
  • UAB re-signed fall signees Clifton Garrett, Craig Kanyangarara, Sederian Copeland, and Elliot Davis – all of which are expected to enroll this summer.
  • Keontre Toles will not be accepting a preferred walk-on invitation from UAB. The high school teammate of UAB signee, Jordan Jamison is going the JUCO route.
  • UAB will begin Spring practice on Feb. 15th and will have a total of 14 practices.
  • The 2017 signing class is expected to have more high school prospects to balance out the classes.

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