New UAB quarterback signee Evan Orth wasn't familiar with the school just two weeks ago. UAB head coach Bill Clark didn't know much about Orth either. But offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent knew plenty about Orth, having recruited him when he was at South Alabama. When Vincent found out Orth was still available, he did what he could to sell his head coach on the signal caller. "Maybe (Orth) didn't get all the attention he wanted," Clark said. "He was at a new school. We were thankful he was still out there." It didn't take much convincing once Clark saw his film. Orth, who graduated from Fletcher High (Neptune Beach, Fla.) in 2013 and spent last fall at Jirah Prep in Charlotte, N.C. He visited UAB on Wednesday and signed on Thursday. Clark confirmed the signing on Friday. "The biggest thing for us was he fits the mold of what we're looking for," Clark said. "You've got a guy who's 6-2, 6-3, great arm, 195-200 pounds, great family. His dad played college football. He has a brother in college football. What does he run the 40 in? From what we see on film, he looks good. He was an athlete, which is what we were looking for. He can run and throw and he carries himself well." Evan's brother Perry is a quarterback at South Carolina. His father, Rusty, played at West Virginia. "(It was a) last-second type deal," Clark said. "Sometimes that's how recruiting goes. You just take them as they come. "Coach Vincent knew about him. 'Hey you need to see this guy. Coach, he's available,'" Clark said. "'We've got a scholarship available, get him in there.' That's how we do it." Since he's gotten to UAB, Clark is no stranger to signing players on short notice. He took the job just two weeks before National Signing Day. To fill gaps, coaches recruited and signed several junior college players. "You learn about them a lot," Clark said. "You study film and they decide they want to come on a visit on their own. After meeting him and his family, it solidified what I had seen on film."
New UAB quarterback signee Evan Orth fits mold of what coach Bill Clark is looking for
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