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Matt Elam is in Alabama today


Last night, we told you that Matt Elam is essentially down to Kentucky and Alabama. The Elizabethtown defensive tackle told Larry Vaught over the weekend that while he likes Louisville, playing in the SEC is one of his top priorities, which means it’s a two-horse race been the Cats and the Crimson Tide. Today, Elam is heading down to Alabama to meet with Nick Saban and work out for the staff.

Saban recently told Elam he’s the best defensive tackle in his class, something he also told OJ Smith, who recently committed to Alabama. Will Smith’s commitment slow Saban’s pursuit of Elam? Elam will visit Lexington early next week, but if he leaves Tuscaloosa without committing to Alabama, you have to feel good about UK’s chances.

Come be a hero, Matt.

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24 Comments for Matt Elam is in Alabama today

  1. JKA14
    12:39 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone else notice that the majority, and about the first seven, of his photos on Twitter are all with UK gear on.

    I think this trip to Bama is just that, a trip. When all is said and done, I think he stays home and plays for the CATS!!!!

  2. ha
    12:55 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Ha Will Smith committed to Bama

  3. MadTex
    12:59 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    will never happen!!!

  4. blueycat
    1:24 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Will you please make one recruiting post that doesn’t end with Come be a hero or Come on down? It’s beyond played out, and annoying as hell.

  5. StrategicMove
    1:27 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Saban may still sign Elam just so the Tide won’t have to play against him. When you run an elite program, you can make a move like that.

  6. Mike
    1:41 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    We need Drew Barker-ing at Elam to stay in Kentucky and come on down to UK to be a hero. In the words of DX, blueycat…suck it!

  7. Jughead
    1:48 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    I think Wynonna Judd could take him in a biscuit-eating competition.

  8. Yeah right
    1:58 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    #5 yes, next year when Elam is a freshman, Nick Saban is so afraid of playing UK in Tuscaloosa. He knows that whole game depends upon who signs Elam, UK or Bama. Riiiggghhhhht. Elam would help UK. if he doesn’t sign with Bama, I assure you the Tide will barely notice.

  9. Nel
    2:06 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Shout out to the Blaylock twins, Daron and Zach, we’re praying for your dad.

  10. Pike 96
    2:13 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    #8- you are right that the Tide wouldn’t notice if Elam signs with UK NEXT YEAR. But the simple truth is you or I have NO ability to make that statement of what would be the case three or four years from now. BAMA will always be rich with talent under Saban but(and it’s a sizable but) if Elam truly turns into the “best D-Lineman in this class” years from now as Saban has reportedly said, even BAMA would miss that. Even with all of there talent,they don’t send first round DLineman to the NFL on a yearly basis. A stud Dlineman can make the difference between winning and winning big. Would be a good thing for UK if we are picking up this conversation a couple years from now

  11. bigbluetrue
    2:19 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Matt would be a HERO if he stays home and plays for the Cats. We need him a lot more than Bama! Matt, BBN wants you very badly, you can play in the SEC and it will be an easy drive for family to come and watch you DOMINATE. Come on down big guy!!!

  12. Jughead
    2:22 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Praying for Mookie Blaylock? Huh?

    Why not pray for the people he killed.

  13. KG
    2:22 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    if E-Llambie-pie has any sense, he’ll commit/sign w/the Tide!!!

  14. Yeah right
    2:32 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    #10 the problem with your logic is that UK only has a chance with Elam because he is from the state of KY. KY HS football may produce a legit elite d lineman once every 5 years or so ON AVERAGE. So Saban misses on him, I would say with near certainty that Bama will get a top 5 d lineman in every class. Not UK. Therefore, as I theorize, BAMA won’t really be affected as they will simply move on to the next elite guy this year, next year, year after and so on. Also Saban has told Elam he is the best in order to sign him. Who knows if Saban actually believes it or if its true.

  15. kadizkat
    2:35 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    #12, you truly are a “jughead”.

  16. Blueston
    2:43 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    “Come be a hero” seriously is the most retarded phrase. It makes us sound like a charity case. Please PLEASE GOD stop.

  17. StrategicMove
    3:18 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    #14 – Saban’s Bama teams will excel in the foreseeable future, if he signs Elam or not. However, UK’s future is brighter if Stoops has Elam on the field, and Saban can’t like that. You may want to read “The Art of War” if you haven’t already. Wars and battles are fought and won off the field of combat before the fight even starts.

    “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”

    If Saban successfully counters other SEC teams’ strategies then Bama wins. UK is a small piece on the chessboard, but they are still the enemy to Saban.

    Bama has the tactical tools, and Saban’s strategy just keeps things going. Stoops has a strategy and must keep going after the same tactical tools that Bama already has, i.e. every good player he has a chance to sign.

    to win: “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

  18. Yeah right
    3:48 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    #17 maybe you are a conspiracy theorist….or paranoid…but assuming you are right and the National Champ Saban is as reactionary as you think in his recruiting, then crunch some numbers. If Saban was going after Elam, just so UK, a perennial 10-14th ranked SEC team couldn’t have him, that would mean virtually ALL of Saban’s strategy of recruiting elite talent would be to “get that player before LSU, Auburn, Arkansas, UGA, FL, UT, VAndy, Mizzour, So. Carolina etc can get him.” In my opinion, that is absurd. Arguably the top coach in college football today is going to be thinking “I am going to get the best of the best, and get him because I want him” and he is not going to care who else is going after him. In other words, think of Cal and UK basketball. Cal identifies the top kids and sells the program. I doubt seriously Cal worries too much if a lower ranked SEC team is going after the kid too. Why would he? (Or Saban) if he knows he always gets the pick of the litter anyway??

  19. East Kentucky
    3:54 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    If Saban WANTS him he will get him. That simple Bama is just like UK in basketball, they get who they want and rightfully so!

  20. Pike 96
    4:36 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    #14 – you miss my point. You are correct that we have a chance with Elam because he is from KY and BAMA will almost certainly get a stud(s) Dlineman every year because they are Bama football and cast a much larger net. But you are assuming every HIGH SCHOOL stud lineman is created equal. My point was that IF we take Elam from BAMA and IF he turns into a first round draft pick down the road then its not preposterous that that ONE player made a major difference in the fates of the two programs in a given year. Especially so when one loss makes the difference in getting to play for the National Title or not.

    Its not likely but not inconceivable by any means that UK becomes a legitimate player in the race for the SEC before Elam leaves IF Stoops has some success and continues to recruit like he is now. In that scenario, why couldn’t Elam be a “game changer” in a match up between Bama and UK. Hell,I saw Corey Peters almost singlehandedly win a game for UK his senior year against UGA. It’s not beyond the realm of possiblity. Hence why your blanket black and white statement that his choice will have no effect on Bama is impossible to say with certainty at this point in time. See you in 4 years.

  21. Pike 96
    4:39 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    #19- Thats an old defeatest mentality that i’m sure(and very glad) the coaching staff doesn’t share. Vandy took some players from BAMA and UGA among others over the last couple years. Who would have ever said that would happen…And UK Calapari losses recruits he WANTS EVERY year. But he gets them a hell of a lot more often than not.

  22. Jarvis Redwine
    5:47 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    19) Didn’t UK lose Trevor Lacey to Bama basketball just two years ago? Don’t tell me all Bama has to do is “want” him to get him. The young man has a mind of his own.

  23. Patrick
    5:47 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    you said Will Smith

  24. Nick Scrubb
    6:40 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Damn Elam makes Vince Marrow look like a little kid in that pic.