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UAB Blazers

Reborn UAB has something to celebrate this signing day

The UAB Blazers will have just as much to celebrate on Wednesday as all the programs collecting five-star recruits and gaudy national rankings.

The Blazers are back in the recruiting business, and in a big way.

UAB, which had eliminated football, might end up with a class of up to 45 players by the end of the annual signing day. Coach Bill Clark and his staff are rebuilding almost from scratch.

"These last few weeks are the most important in the history of UAB football," Clark said. "That's easy for me sitting here but just by sheer numbers, you're setting the tone."

Indeed, UAB had more than 20 mid-year signees — not all of them...