With some major shake-up in UAB football recruiting over the weekend during its Inferno recruiting event, it’s time to take a look at the 2018 class for coach Bill Clark.
The Blazers picked up a couple of huge defensive line commitments in 3-star Michael Fairbanks and Tennessee transfer Mykelle McDaniel.
Fairbanks is list as a 6-foot-3, 250 pound defensive end recruit according to 247Sports.com out of Powder Springs, Ga. He had offers from Southern Miss, Marshall, Ball State, Arkansas State and several other group of five programs.
McDaniel was a 3-star recruit in the 2016 class before committing to play at Tennessee. After a season with the Volunteers, he decided to transfer from the program. He now plans to be a Blazer as part of the 2018 recruiting class.
These two could pair up to make quite the nice defensive line for years to come.
At the beginning of July UAB also got a commitment from 3-star cornerback Starling Thomas out of Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Ala.
Fairbanks and Thomas join duel-threat quarterback Dylan Hopkins as the three 3-star recruits currently in the 2018 recruiting class for UAB.
Cornerback Jomond Foster and and wide receiver Austin Watkins are both listed as 2-star recruits according to 247Sports.com.
Other July commitments include safety Deshaun Oliver — also out of Ramsay High School — and offensive lineman Deandre Butler from Opelika High School.
Rounding out the current 2018 class is defensive tackle Adarius McWilliams from West Florida Tech, Atorian Perry out of Park Vista Community in Lake Worth, Fla., Danyton Thomas from Beauregard High School in Opelika, Ala., and Jaylen Key from Amos P. Godby in Tallahassee, Fla.
Coach Clark has done a good job of going outside the state of Alabama to find talent. Seven of the 11 commits for 2018 come from outside the state, with three of them coming from Florida.
It’s still fairly early in the recruiting process, but the only other player showing a lot of interest in UAB football right now is 2-star linebacker Jalen Rayam out of Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala. He also has offers from South Alabama and Middle Tennessee among others. He would be a nice get for the 2018 class, which is stacked on the defensive side of the football already.
With the high school football season right around corner, we could see things pick up a bit as some kids want to make a decision before the season so they can just focus on playing football.
Hopefully UAB will see a couple of more big time recruits land on the board soon to add to an already impressive class.