Vigor Defensive Lineman and Reigning 4A Lineman of the Year Michael Towner Commits to UAB
Vigor defensive lineman Michael Towner dominated Class 4A competition a year ago en route to lineman of the year honors.
UAB hopes to do the same at the collegiate level next season.
The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Towner signed with the Blazers on Monday morning. He is the fourth Gulf Coast commitment for UAB in the Class of 2023, joining strong Spanish WR Jake Godfrey, DB Chris Bracy of St. Paul and ATH/DB Chris Pearson of Orange Beach. UAB coach Bryant Vincent spent several years on the Gulf Coast, coaching at Spanish Fort and the University of South Alabama.
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“Michael fits what they do, and I think he will be a big asset,” Vigor coach Markus Cook said. “He will probably be their best defensive rookie. I think he will have an impact there soon.
Towner’s offerings included Coastal Carolina, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Southern Miss and Troy. Cook said Towner wanted the announcement made before the start of his senior season. Wolves start fall camp today.
“He will do very well,” Cook said. “He’s very excited. They showed him a lot of love and communicated with him all summer. He really fell in love with them.
Towner was dominant as a junior, helping Wolves to the 4A state title.
He finished the season with 113 tackles, 10 sacks and four interceptions. He also forced six fumbles and recovered four. He scored four defensive touchdowns.
“Michael is very competitive, very physical,” Cook said. “He has this will to win. He is a confident child. When he steps onto the pitch he feels like the best guy and he works daily to make sure of that. He doesn’t believe there’s anything on the pitch he can’t do. He likes to be pushed and trained hard.
Towner started for Vigor since he was a freshman, making the unusual transition from running back to defensive line.
“He was always physical and wanted to punch people,” Cook said. “He’s played a little defensive end and linebacker once in a while and just has a knack for it. That’s why Michael is able to sniff out screens and knock down passes. He played linebacker, so he can read tackles and guards.
“He has such a high football IQ. He knows the game. He’s a complete team player. A lot of people don’t give him much credit for that. He always wants to see his teammates succeed.
Towner is the team captain for Wolves.
“We go pretty much as he goes,” Cook said. “It dictates the energy a lot of days. He gets on the defense and drives them forward and comes on the attack and drives them forward. He is a positive leader. He knows how to uplift the younger ones and push the older ones even harder.
Towner, a 3-star prospect, is ranked 44th among seniors in the state, based on 247 composite rankings.
Towner and Vigor open the season at rival Blount on August 19.