Kentucky Wildcats Still in Running for Matt Elam

By Tim Letcher

Saturday, at the U.S. Army All-American Game, defensive tackle Matt Elam was supposed to announce his college choice. Elam has narrowed his suitors to two, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Kentucky Wildcats.

However, before the game on Saturday came an announcement that Elam would not be making his decision during the all-star game. Thus, the coaching staffs for the Crimson Tide and the Wildcats will have to continue to play the waiting game.

For his part, Elam said on Twitter on Monday that he didn’t like how things were set up at the all-star game and that he wasn’t comfortable making the decision under those circumstances. There are also rumblings from his hometown (Elizabethtown, Ky.) that Elam is truly torn between the two programs and coaches. Elam is having a tough time deciding if he should go play for Nick Saban and the Tide, and have a shot to win a national championship, or if he should stay closer to home, play for Mark Stoops and the Wildcats, and help build his home state program.

The delayed announcement seems to favor Alabama. Kentucky seemed to have the momentum heading into the weekend, especially with Drew Barker on scene recruiting for the Wildcats. Barker is a quarterback who has already signed with Kentucky, and has been instrumental in the recruiting process for the Big Blue this season. Kentucky’s class is currently ranked in the Top 20 nationally, something that has never been done in school history.

It seemed that with Barker at the all-star game, spending a lot of time with Elam, that the latter would commit to Kentucky over the weekend. But that didn’t happen, and now, it seems that Alabama and Kentucky are back on equal footing with Elam.

The 6-5, 372-pound Elam will now make his choice known on Feb. 5, National Signing Day. And at this point, it’s anyone’s guess where he will go.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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