Nathan Brown's enthusiasm showed beyond the video board beside him.
Brown, who took over in December as head football coach at the University of Central Arkansas, told supporters Wednesday that his first goal in his first signing class was "to recruit winning players."
"Our goal is to win national championships, not just to win conference championships and getting to the second or third round of the playoffs," he said. "We want guys who know how to win the big game. We want to recruit players who are used to playing in late November and December and are used to having Thanksgiving dinner with their teammates (because of high school or junior high playoffs)."
And the UCA staff recruited large players who have won.
Brown announced 21 new recruits Wednesday, 12 of whom signed in the early period in December. The size of some of the linemen: 6-5, 315; 6-2, 300; 6-4, 330; 6-4, 315; 6-2, 300; 6-3, 275.
"Size and length," he told supporters at a gathering at UCA Downtown. "We'll always be able to get skill guys here. But if you want to play in late November or December, you better be able to lean on people. And many of our big guys have speed nd have played other sports."
The class announced Wednesday has five offensive linemen, five defensive linemen, three defensive backs and one wide receiver, running back, tight end, long snapper, punter and linebacker. The class represents five states including eight from Texas, four from Mississippi, three from Arkansas and Florida and one from Louisiana.
The UCA staff has yet to sign a quarterback.
"If we can get a quarterback coming out of high school or falls through the cracks, we''ll take him but we feel we are in a good spot with our quarterbacks right now," he said.
Because of previous connections and new connections by the new coaching staff, Brown said the recruiting footprint has expanded to the southeast.
"We've had success the last couple of years in central Florida," Brown said. "We've found that that players from central Florida are attracted to Conway. Coach (new assistant Reggie) Howard has connections in the Miami area. It doesn't in this class but some of our assistants have connections in the Atlanta area. And we continue to recruit the metropolitan areas of Houston and Dallas.
"When you consider from Houston to Orlando and Tamps and maybe Miami, I think, in our conference, our footprint is larger than anybody's."