6’5”, 380 lbs.
For those that have shied away from the world of football recruiting, today is the day to re-immerse yourself. With only one-week until Mark Stoops’ class becomes official on National Signing Day, the biggest (both figuratively and literally) recruit is making his decision on Kentucky Sports Radio shortly after noon. The decision could give the Kentucky football program their first EVER 5-star recruit. What better way to get jacked up for the future of Kentucky football?
Elam first began receiving recognition for his size, with scouts unable to ignore the ole adage, “you can’t teach size.” Once he caught their eye, they found an explosive, raw talent at defensive tackle. Elam’s ability as an interior linemen to create chaos in the backfield is highly-valued by Mark Stoops. Without much of a chance, opponents made Elam earn every tackle by throwing double and triple teams against him the entire year.
Whether Matt decides Crimson or Blue he still has plenty of work ahead of him. In addition to improving his fitness, critics will point out the plays he takes off and that he doesn’t always exhibit the best technique against double-teams and when pursuing the passer. These improvements are just a drop in the ocean compared to what Jimmy Brumbaugh and Erik Korem can help Matt achieve (I’m sure the Bama guys are good too).
Matt’s skills have earned him the right to be called Army All-American. Kentucky’s biggest prospect now has to decide between his surging home-state school or this decade’s dynasty. The Cats only have one scholarship offer remaining, will Elam be the Class of 2014’s cherry on top?