The transition from UAB offensive coordinator to interim head football didn’t stop Bryant Vincent from continuing to recruit.

“This program has got to keep moving forward,” Vincent said the day after Bill Clark announced his retirement from the program to take care of back issues. “Not only are we trying to maintain this program, we’ve got to elevate this program. Recruiting is the lifeline, it’s the lifeblood of this program, it can’t stop. It’s something that’s got to be constant, got to be raised.”

On Monday, Vincent secured a commitment from defensive back Christopher Bracy of Mobile’s St. Paul’s Episcopal. It was the first commitment since Vincent became the program’s interim head coach. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Bracy, whose brother, Reggie, is a safety at Iowa, announced the news on Twitter.

Bracy was a starter on St. Paul’s Class 5A championship team in 2020 and a second-team all-state selection last season. He received a scholarship offer from UAB in April. His offer list included Kentucky and UNA, according to On3 Sports, and 247 Sports lists him as a three-star player.

Bracy also plays running back at St. Paul’s but is expected to play in the secondary in college. He has played cornerback and safety in high school. Most of the expected contributors in the secondary for the Blazers this season are upperclassmen.

“We’ve done a great job of recruiting here,” Vincent added on recruiting in general. “Our roster is in a good spot. We’ve got to make sure we continue to recruit better players.”

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