UAB head coach Bill Clark said he tried to hire Bryant Vincent when he was in charge at Prattville High School.

The two became part of the same staff at South Alabama in 2011, when Vincent was hired as quarterbacks coach where Clark was the Jaguars' defensive coordinator.

But finally, Clark was able to offer Vincent a job and get him to say yes, as Vincent was hired as UAB's offensive coordinator last month.

Vincent won a state championship at Spanish Fort High School in 2010 before making the jump to the college level. He called plays for 12 years, including at Alabama high schools Charles Henderson and Spain Park, but he'll get his first chance to do so at the college level for UAB.

"It's something that I have a passion for," Vincent said. "It's something I've been wanting to do ever since I left it and went to South, something I know I'm ready for and it's something where you either have got it or you don't, a knack for playcalling. It's something I'm really excited about doing it again."

Vincent said the biggest difference at the college level is the multiple looks and multiple coverages you'll get during a game. He wasn't sure yet if he would be calling plays from the press box or on the field when UAB plays this fall.

Vincent cited former successful high school coaches who brought high-powered offenses to the college level, coaches like Gus Malzahn (Auburn), Chad Morris (Clemson) and Art Briles (Baylor).

"(Those coaches) have proven that, throughout the years the coaching at the high school level is extremely strong," Vincent said. "That's been proven by those guys the last couple of years and you're seeing more of that each year (high school coaches moving into the college game)."

Vincent said his recruiting areas would be in south Florida - where UAB signed Deerfield Beach running back Aeron McNeal - and probably south Alabama as well.

Vincent wants UAB to transition into a fast-paced offense.

"I want to play a fast tempo," he said. "We want to be able to line up, snap the ball and really play fast and put pressure on defenses. We want to be able to stretch the field vertically and horizontally. We also want to be able to have a power running game."

Vincent said he's been able to watch film from last season to know what he has. He praised the depth at receiver and, if the unit is healthy, running back. The quarterback will be new, with guys like senior Myles McKee and junior college transfer Cody Clements battling this spring.

"It will be different what they've done here the last couple years so it will take time to see who can make good decisions, know where to go with the ball, get the ball out on time and be able to run a little bit," Vincent said. "We want our guy to be a dual-threat guy. We want them being able to make good decisions when things break down."