Matt Elam, a 5-star defensive lineman from E-Town, KY., made his college decision known Thursday afternoon from John Hardin High School. He will be attending the the University of Kentucky.
He made his decision with a Alabama hat to the right of him and a Kentucky football helmet to his left.
Alabama coaches and Kentucky coaches made their last pleas to the high school senior Thursday morning. Kentucky went full force for Elam with visits, letters, phone calls. What ever was legal Stoops and his coaching staff did it, they sent him 182 letters. According to 247Sports.com, OC Neal Brown was his main recruiter.
The 6’5″, 375 lbs. monster is considered the 11th-best DT in the 2014 class by Scout.com. 247Sports.com has him as the 13th-best DT and the 164th-best player in his class. He also had an impressive 6-8 1/2 wing span.
He also holds offers from Notre Dame, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee and several other Division-I schools. He had 85 tackles and four sacks his senior year according to 247Sports.com.
Elam’s coach at John Hardin, Chad Lewis, told 247Sports.com before he made his announcement,
“I just think at the end of the day that Matt is going to go where he feels comfortable,” Lewis said. “I think that’s going to be the deciding factor from hearing Matt talk over this period. He wants to go where he feels comfortable, he wants to go where he feels like he’s going to get developed to ultimately play in the NFL one day. That’s every kid’s goal and if it doesn’t work out, it’s important that he has a degree to fall back on.”
Mark Stoops’ amazing 2014 just got better. What Kentucky’s football coaches have done on the recruiting trail in such a short time is simply amazing. To beat Alabama for a 5-star recruit, even though it is in their own backyard, is a change that Kentucky fans have been hoping for. Complete list of commits HERE.
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