By now, you’ve heard all about Matt Elam postponing his college announcement last Saturday during the Army All-American Game. There’s been a lot of speculation as to why he pushed back his decision, and no one may be closer to and more befuddled by the situation than future UK QB Drew Barker. Barker called in to KSR this morning to chat about enrolling early at UK and give listeners his view on Elam’s recruitment, which you can hear above.
Drew has often spoken about his close friendship with Elam and said that before he made his announcement in May, he gave Elam a heads up that it was going to be Kentucky; when Elam didn’t return the favor this past weekend, he knew something was up. Drew said that he found out the news that Elam was pushing back his announcement like everyone else did–via Twitter–and was unable to talk to Matt about it until after the all-star game because they were on different teams.
When asked, Drew said that he thought Elam was going to pick Kentucky had he not postponed his announcement, and mentioned Elam’s comments about the set-up at the Army All-American Bowl being a turn-off:
“I’m really not sure why he didn’t do it. I know he said the set-up was kind of weird, I think he wanted them to tell NBC or the sports analyst where he was going to go a couple of days before and he didn’t want to, but I’m not really sure. I don’t know, really.”
So, where does Drew think the Cats stand with Elam now?
“I was really confident before this week, but you know, he didn’t decide or whatever, so I guess he really is torn between the two schools and now I know he’s going to take an official to Alabama, so I’m not really sure, honestly. I think he could go either way,” Drew said. “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.”
Regardless, Barker is excited about the 2014 class, who he says will hang together, and the staff, who he believes can still pull off a major surprise come Signing Day:
“I think that with our coaching staff, they’re great recruiters and have great history and I definitely think that come Signing Day, we’ll have maybe one or two surprises, you know, maybe flip some commitments from different schools or what have you. Just the way the staff recruits, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to have you know, something big happen down the stretch here.”
Listen to Drew’s entire interview over at TalkRadio1080.com: