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“Who’s Drew Barkin’ At?” Matt Elam

During this visit during UK’s Spring practice I got to see Elam for the first time in person, passing the SEC “look test” with flying colors.

During this visit during UK's Spring practice I got to see Elam for the first time in person, passing the SEC "look test" with flying colors.

During this visit to UK’s Spring practice I got to see Elam for the first time in person, passing the SEC “look test” with flying colors.

Defensive Tackle

6’6”, 325 lbs.
Elizabethtown, KY (John Hardin)

Rivals: No ranking
Scout: #28 OT
247: #242 overall, #20 DT, #2 player in KY

Choosing between UK and: Alabama, Louisville, Florida, and Tennessee.

Twitter: @FballIsLife69

After announcing his commitment to play for the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky QB Drew Barker vowed to reach out to his peers to make the best recruiting class in the history of Kentucky football. In the coming weeks I will be breaking down some of the players on Barker’s wish list. “Who’s Drew Barkin’ At?” may be a grammatically awful pun ending in a preposition, but I just can’t help myself. Past profiles: Derek Kief , Braxton Berrios


Matt Elam sent this Tweet out less than an hour after Barker committed to Kentucky


After the state’s #1 prospect Drew Barker committed to UK, the attention immediately went to the state’s #2 prospect Matt Elam. The gargantuan defensive tackle from John Hardin is choosing between some of the best schools in the nation, receiving an early scholarship offer from Alabama. While SEC powerhouses may have established tradition on their side, the in-state SEC school has a few recruiting weapons up their sleeves. Elam told Matt Jones on KSR in April that he has become close friends with UK commits Drew Barker and Mikel Horton, communicating with them on a regular basis about the recruiting process. Elam also got to witness the Spring Game firsthand in April, “I would say I like Kentucky a lot with Stoops coming in. I went to the Spring game and the environment was special. I could tell that he is changing the program already. It’s SEC football in my home state, and that sticks out a lot.”


Elam is most noted for his size, rarely getting the much deserved praise for his technical skills in the trenches. Even though he easily runs over most of his KY competition, when presented with double and triple teams (which happens more times than not) Elam holds his ground well, before using a variety of finesse moves in pursuit of the play (check out his executed spin move at :30 below).  Interior defensive lineman rarely receive glory for making big tackles. A very good DT bats down passes at the line of scrimmage and clogs up running lanes, allowing for linebackers to make the tackles. Elam does all of the little things it takes to make an impact on the defensive line. D-Line Coach Jimmy Brumbaugh has told Elam that he could be “the nucleus of the line” in the future; getting Elam into a UK sweatshirt permanently ensures consistency in UK’s front four for years to come.


Elam will most likely wait to make a decision until the fall, but all early signs indicate that it is currently a two-horse race between UK and Alabama. While Elam waits to decide, you can cheer him on by following him on Twitter and watching some highlights from Elam’s sophomore year below (for a full compilation you can click here).



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for “Who’s Drew Barkin’ At?” Matt Elam

  1. Chengus222
    5:08 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Fantastic prospect hope we can get him

  2. tbradg
    5:25 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Is that Elam’s real chest or does he have a small child stuffed in that sweatshirt?

  3. mudcreekmark
    5:39 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Number 2 player in NC?

  4. Great get
    6:18 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    Getting Elam would be huge. I went to school at North Hardin, John Hardins rival school. Ill be the first to admit, the bulldogs football program is no joke. The school has produced great talent and has a great coaching staff. No doubt this guy will do wonders for instate recruiting and this program. #Comebeahero

  5. Merlin's
    7:59 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    He looks pretty big but we’ll see how he does against other bigguns in the SEC, should he choose Alabama or UK. Honest question, aside from tryin to revive your home states program and become a local hero….why would you not go to Alabama if they really wanted you?

  6. This Is It...
    10:53 pm May 22, 2013 Permalink

    #5..TO BE A “HERO”…KENTUCKY has had some excellent DL play in the league in the last few years so it would be GREAT for home state program, become a “HERO” in your home state and still become a star in the nfl…