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Allow me to reintroduce Mr. Matt Elam

elam AA game via 247

Matt Elam
Defensive tackle

6’5”, 380 lbs.
Elizabethtown, KY

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 81
247: 98

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?

Article written by Nick Roush

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

17 Comments for Allow me to reintroduce Mr. Matt Elam



  1. Micah
    10:38 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Wasn’t Micah Johnson a 5 star?



  2. Action Dan
    10:38 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Dennis Johnson being the National HS Player of the Year in 1997 didnt make him a 5 star?



  3. notourfirst
    10:40 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Tim Couch
    Dennis Johnson
    Antonio Hall
    Micah Johnson

    ALL 5 STARS.



  4. The Short Answer
    10:42 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    No



  5. Action Dan
    10:44 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Johnson was a high 4*



  6. loser
    10:48 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    I’ll pass on him



  7. loose gooze
    10:50 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t understand the drastic difference among the rating systems. Either he’s extremely overrated or extremely underrated



    • average fan
      10:58 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

      Just as long as he isn’t x-rated…



  8. notourfirst
    10:58 am January 30, 2014 Permalink


  9. John1922
    11:15 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    I have a comment on this article written by Nick Roush. What website has Matt Elam as a 5-star…? Rivals has him as 3 star, Scout and ESPN both 4 star. What awful journalism.



    • Aol
      11:23 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

      247 sports does. 247 sports is also awful, but just so happens to be partnered with ksr, which is just about equally awful.



  10. Billy
    11:20 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Funny you list Matt as a 5 star. KSR always goes to the lowest rating the guys have (Usually Rivals) when we don’t get them but in this case he is a five. Rivals moved him to a 3 star. Just saying report it fair all the times. Rivals is the worst by the way. They rate by offers only and where the kid goes.or might go



  11. Billy
    11:23 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Ky will get this guy, Alabama has moved on. He didn’t have a good week at the AA Bowl. I hope he tunes it down a bit with the press. I hope to here nothing from this kid but him commenting on where he was drafted in a few years.



  12. Eye in the Sky
    11:26 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Very impressive highlight tape! If every offensive line in the SEC decides to start 210-pound linemen who blow every other assignment, Elam will dominate!



  13. Realty
    11:32 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    He’s like that giant fat kid in pee wee football that dominated against inferior talent, but once he started playing against boys his own age…very average …at best.



  14. Tiny
    11:50 am January 30, 2014 Permalink

    I wonder why there aren’t any highlights on that film from the regional final in 2013…oh wait that’s right Bullitt East kicked his giant butt all over the field