July 23, 2012
Blazers Have Big Recruiting Week
The new UAB coaching staff has taken a very deliberate approach to their 2013 recruiting class. Head coach Garrick McKee had less than eight weeks to put his first class together - and he worked hard and fast to put a staff and a class together in very short order. But - this year's class is another matter. McKee put his staff on the road in May and told them to get to know the coaches and the hidden talent throughout the state.
The staff went through the spring evaluation period and their summer camp schedule patiently evaluating talent before accepting any commitments. But the camp season is over and the plan is starting to come together.
As the staff began to prepare for their final camp last Saturday the commitments started to roll in. By the end of the weekend the staff had picked up eight commitments.
Rivals first reported the commitment of Trey Jenkins, 6-0, 180 pound safety from Daphne. Jenkins described himself as "a very underrated player who has a lot to prove. I love to hit and to play the game," he said. Jenkins also had offers from Northern Illinois and Florida International.
That announcement was followed by reports from the Birmingham News that a pair of linebackers, Clay Chalkville's Brandon Fuller, 6-1, 220 and Spain Park's Jeniah Jackson 6-0, 210 had both committed to the Blazers.
Tanner High School will add two names to the 2013 Blazer signing class. Fredrick Rich, 6-3, 185 was the third linebacker to commit. He will be joined by teammate Greg Maclin a 6-3, 165 pound safety. Rich selected UAB over Middle Tennessee State.
Dothan wide receiver Adrian Kirkland added his name to the growing list of future Blazers. The 5-9, 165 pound wide receiver was around meeting players after Saturday's camp.
Spanish Fort running back Ed Autry impressed the staff at the Blazer's Daphne camp and called on Saturday and made his commitment. Autry, 5-11, 185 pound s said, "I play bigger than I am. I'm more power than speed - but I'm pretty balanced."
Rounding things out for the week was Midfield wide receiver Courtney Foy, 5-10, 172 pounds. Foy turned heads all day on Saturday as one of the standouts at the Blazer's final camp of the summer. "First thing is I like to have fun - but to do that I have to work on my craft. I work by myself and then I try it on others to see if it works. I grind - but most of it comes natural."
The Blazer's seem to be on a roll, it will be interesting to see if any others join the party before the team reports for summer practice at the end of the month.
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