WKU set to receive three former UAB defensive players


As many of us all know, the University of Alabama-Birmingham shut down their football program back in early December, which allowed players from UAB to transfer to another school to continue their college football careers. There have been rumors circulating ever since the announcement that WKU would be in the running to receive some of those transfers. Well, over the weekend, those rumors were confirmed.

Reported today by Chad Bishop from the Bowling Green Daily News, SBNation’s Underdog Dynasty, and other multiple sources, the Hilltopper football program will have three former Blazers coming to join the Big Red ranks, and Jontavious Morris, T.J. McCollum, and Greg Maclin are planned to enroll at WKU this month.

Jontavious Morris is a 6-foot-2, 295-pound senior from Albany, Georgia. He played in all twelve games as a defensive lineman for UAB this past season and collected 20 total tackles. Along with his 20 tackles, he recorded two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. Morris was a two-star prospect out of Albany High School and had only one scholarship offer – from UAB.

T.J. McCollum is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound redshirt-sophomore safety from Birmingham, Alabama. He played in 10 games for the Blazers this past season and made seven tackles. McCollum was a three-star prospect out of Clay-Chalkville High School and held offers from UAB, WKU, Alabama State, Arkansas State, Central Florida, Kentucky, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Purdue, and South Alabama.

Last but not least, Greg Maclin is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior safety from Tanner, Alabama. Maclin played in all 12 games for the Blazers this past season and made 15 total tackles. Greg was a two-star prospect out of Tanner High School and, like Morris, only had a single offer coming out of high school from UAB.

These three guys will help our defensive tremendously!