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A Timeline of Matt Elam’s Recruitment



Sometime last Spring- While patiently awaiting with Lexington’s finest media members for a Spring practice to end, I noticed the staff walking down the halls of Nutter with an unknown recruit.  A blind man could have noticed this giant.  This picture was taken during that visit and the #BBN was introduced to Matt Elam.

The biggest football recruitment this state has seen in many years will conclude tomorrow when Matt Elam decides between Alabama and Kentucky at John Hardin High School.  Big Blue Nation has gone blue in the face holding its breath for the 5-star Kentucky native.  Matt Jones and the KSR crew will be LIVE in the auditorium when he decides, shortly after noon.

In order to commemorate the chaos and hype around the 6’5, 380 pounder, enjoy this timeline of events during that truly depicts how long the roller coaster recruitment has been.

February 9 – Elam receives an offer from Mark Stoops’ coaching staff after attending UK Junior Day.  You can find when and who gave Matt all of his offers on 247’s timeline of events.

April 13–  50,831 fans helped Kentucky put on a Spring spectacle during the Blue/White game.  The Blue’s 24-23 win was meaningless compared to the atmosphere in Commonwealth Stadium.  Elam was one of many recruits in attendance, with multiple players committing to the Cats not long after.

April 22–  Charlie Strong took the short drive down I-65 to see Matt, only to discover Elam adorned in a UK sweatshirt.  Even though Matt contends that he simply forgot Charlie was visiting, Sweatshirt-Gate helped fuel the fire in the rivalry in the Wildcats’ direction.

May 10–  Drew Barker commits to Kentucky over South Carolina and the recruiting dominoes begin to fall.  Drew will prove to become the centerpiece of the Class of 2014 by going out of his way to recruit his peers, with Elam always at the front of the line.

June 10– Elam attends one of Mark Stoops’ a Summer Night Camps at Commonwealth Stadium.

June 17– 247 Sports upgrades Matt to 5-Star status.

July 1-  Matt receives 182 letters the mail from UK.

July 1– Matt receives 182 letters the mail from the Kentucky coaching staff. (@Fballislife69)

October 12–  Elam takes an unofficial to Lexington to watch his two primary recruiters, UK and Alabama, face-off in person.  Kentucky held Bama scoreless in the 1st quarter before falling 48-7.  Elam’s attire gave no indications for preference (of course he had to rock both schools), but some people say that his Coach Chad Lewis was only Rolling Tide.

October 19– Elam takes an official visit to Notre Dame.

November 9–  Matt takes an unofficial visit to Alabama for their 38-17 win over LSU.

November 20–  Notre Dame attempts to one-up the Cats by sending Elam a “Pot of Gold”- 262 letters were delivered to his house in a singe day.  The stroy was crazy enough to make headlines nationally in USA Today and Huffington Post.

December 9– Nick Saban takes a trip to Etown to visit Elam in his home.

December 13–  Elam takes his official visit to UK.  He did not go by himself;  Matt was joined by a dozen committed members of the Class of 2014, including Drew Barker, as they spent quality time with coaches and players in Lexington.

December 17-  Elam receives the Paul Hornung Award from the Louisville Quarterback Club as the state’s top player.  Elam said during the news conference that he was “very high” on Kentucky.

December 18- Elam is caught wearing UK gear while getting a pedicure. (@Frenchie564)

December 18– Elam is caught wearing UK gear while getting a pedicure. (@Frenchie564)

December 19–  Elam officially trims his list to Alabama and Kentucky, formally eliminating Notre Dame, Louisville, and Ohio State .

December 23When talking with Matt Jones on KSR, Elam dropped the word ‘we’ when speaking about the Class of 2014 and his official visit in Lexington, “I love Kentucky, I’m from here, I love Coach Stoops, what we have with the commits up there is special, I’ve never seen that before. I’m really close with Drew [Barker] and everybody.”

December 24–  Elam is selected first-team All-State by the Courier-Journal and 2nd team All-USA by USA Today.  He will also go on to be named first team All-State by the AP.

January 4–  After planning for months to announce his college choice at the US Army All-American Bowl, Elam instead decided to move back the announcement (or as the terrible commentators called them, “declarations”).  Elam insisted shortly afterwards that the setting, complemented with some uncertainty, drove him to delay the decision.  #BBN’s frustrations did not go unnoticed.

January 7On KSR radio, Drew Barker spoke about the US Army All-American Game experience.  Everything was sunshine and rainbows until the show ended with Drew giving his thoughts on Matt’s last-minute postponement, “I’m honestly not really sure anymore. I could tell you before this week it was all Kentucky, but I’m not really sure anymore.”

January 11– Alabama defensive line Coach Chris Rumph (uncle of former UK DT, Donte) left Tuscaloosa for Texas.  I’m no expert, but Elam’s emoji’s indicated some degree of sadness.

January 14Elam’s practice gear from the US Army AA game is placed an online auction website.  After attempting to get $300 for the stuff, the auction was quickly taken off the internet.  The perpetrator actually has a son that plays with Elam, and was given the bag of (likely VERY smelly) gear upon returning to Etown.

January 16–  Neal Brown, DJ Eliot, and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh of Kentucky pay Elam an in-home visit, only to be followed by Bama’s Lance Thompson and Bo Davis.

January 17– Elam takes his official visit to Alabama, where at one point he will see Nick Saban electric slide.  It cannot compare to Mark Stoops’ “Cupid Shuffle.”

January 22–  Elam has an in-home visit with Neal Brown, DJ Eliot, and Jimmy Brumbaugh.

January 25–  Elam takes the treacherous drive through the snow for the Kentucky/Georgia basketball game.  Rupp Arena had never been so football-friendly, as the 3 NFL Cats in the Super Bowl were honored, Vince Marrow did the ‘Y’ (for Yahtzee!), and the seven early enrollees were introduced at halfcourt.  This photobomb shows just a small bit of the Rupp Arena fun.



Tonight-  The UK coaching staff gets their last chance to sell Kentucky to Elam with an in-home visit.  Alabama gets their final turn tomorrow morning. 

Tomorrow around Noon-  KSR will be LIVE from the auditorium at John Hardin High School for Matt’s decision.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

29 Comments for A Timeline of Matt Elam’s Recruitment

  1. uk78
    8:12 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Give Dylan Byrd a look

  2. Greg
    8:14 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    November 30th – Stopped giving a shit about Matt Elam’s lengthy recruitment.

      8:45 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      Took you that long?

  3. chris
    8:15 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    What is plan B if Elam picks bama?

    • BoyHowdy
      8:32 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t know. Maybe he can’t decide for another year.

  4. Mack
    8:17 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    If he is making the call tomorrow at noon and the Bama coaches are planning on being there in the morning it doesn’t sound positive for the CATS.

  5. bosshogg24
    8:17 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Nick Roush, did you weigh and measure Matt Elam?

  6. kyfan51
    8:20 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Just announce and get it over. I hope its UK but wouldn’t bet on it. I hear also Doug Gottlieb is also going to be there to talk to Matt about Gottlieb’s pre season UK Basketball ratings.

  7. John
    8:21 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink
    It’s funny cause it looks smaller than a normal hat.

  8. Inspector
    8:21 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Lex 18 news said that Elam tweeted something to the effect that He hopes everyone understands the pick He makes. Any word if he for sure put that out there or not?

    • RJ
      8:45 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      He said he hopes everyone will support him in the decision he makes, and that he’s doing it for himself.

      In the meantime, he is retweeting everyone — literally, everyone — who mentions him on Twitter. I have never seen a recruit so obsessed with himself that he is sitting on twitter and retweeting things like that the night before his announcement. That’s pretty narcissistic for any big time recruit.

  9. Drew Carey Sucks
    8:21 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Oh my god who gives a sh**…. what in the world is up with KSR’s obsession with high school kids the past few years. Creeping on kids like that is weird…. I’ll care about matt elam when and if he commits. Haven’t cared yet… and won’t until he’s in college. Some of these writers need to be on TMZ

  10. MoveOn
    8:23 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Elam will never live up to potential. Just announce and get on with it, chubbs.

  11. 9-asty
    8:28 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    6’5″ 280? I hope you meant 380 because 280 isn’t even in the same ballpark.

    If this kid doesn’t commit somewhere tomorrow I hope his offer gets pulled. By both schools.

  12. uk.78
    8:29 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Didn’t the cats redshirt a couple of d tackles last year

  13. Elwood Blues
    8:37 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    First he was 6’6” 375, now he’s 6’5” 280. Can’t wait to see the before/after pictures.

    • Ben
      8:45 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      Give him a summer off and he’ll be 5”6″ 425.

    • Trolls..or illiterates..
      11:01 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      Ok, just askin, but where did you and that dipshit 9-asty see 280??? Before trolling atleast get your info straight. And actually first he was 6’5″ 372lbs.

  14. nontroll
    8:51 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    After this is all over, I would like for KSR to put out the numbers on how many trolls commented on Elam. Has to be a record.

    That being said, I would love for him to choose the Cats. We do need him. Saban and Stoops both can’t be wrong about his ability so stop with the hate. Unfortunately, I do think he is Bama bound. Wish him the best of luck!

  15. uk7
    8:53 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    I agree

  16. Skid
    9:26 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    The smart choice would be Bama. C’mon people, if Alabama wanted you to play for the nation’s top football program, why on earth would you want to turn that down and play for a team that on occasion will play in a minor bowl game in late Dec.

  17. Yay
    9:36 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Yay!!!! Now we will never hear from him again.

  18. RadioShack Carl
    9:38 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Great Stuff Nick!!!!!!

    Would love to get a recruiting timeline from your DeSales time. I’m sure the greatest of D2 coaches were giving their best pitches to get your talents on their campus!!!!



    • Rj
      11:59 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      What’s your problem? Other than bitterness, I mean. Are you jealous that Roush isn’t a complete piece of shit like you? How about you recount a timeline of your pathetic life, which has led you to trolling a writer on KSR? I’m sure that’d fascinate everyone.

  19. Brenda
    9:47 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    I hope we get Elam but I think it will be Alabama. Nonetheless, Stoops and his staff have done an astonishing job with recruiting. I am not yet convinced that they are able to successfully coach in the SEC. We could blame the 2-10 season on a lack of talent and that would be fair IF Stoops & Co. did not make so many mistakes during games like utilizing the wrong players, poor play calling and game management errors. Therefore, we cannot with any degree of certainty, blame the losses on a lack of talent. It could be due to poor coaching.

  20. Elam
    10:22 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t listen to all these rival fans posing as Kentucky fans! Stay home and be a star!!! Go Cats!

  21. a21CATSfan
    10:46 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Looooooongest recruiting timeline ever…he will postpone again. Weather’s not quite right.

  22. No way
    11:03 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Hope he won’t freak out when the # of his twitter followers drops by 85% after tomorrow. Yawn, been over this guy since early in the timeline. Go to Bama and get over yourself

  23. CakeEater
    2:11 am January 31, 2014 Permalink

    I couldn’t listen live, so I heard the KSR feed this evening. I could hear the comments by Elam, but there was too much heavy breathing Matt.