Matt Elam just finished up his appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio, and there were a few interesting tidbits. While Elam gushed about both Kentucky and Alabama, he spoke about the Cats in a much more personal manner, even dropping the term “we” when speaking about the 2014 class:
“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.”
Elam added that during his official visit to UK a few weeks ago, none of the 2014 commits pressured him or bugged him about committing because “everybody just knows and feels comfortable in knowing that I’m going to come to UK.”
Of course, it’s best not to read too much into an 18-year-old’s choice of words, and he also spoke glowingly of Alabama, mentioning the history, the chance to win a National Championship, and the troubling comment that his mother really likes the Tide. However, he added that he feels more comfortable with the UK program, staff, and recruits right now, and still doesn’t know if he’s going to take an official visit to Alabama before his decision on January 4th.
When asked to describe the difference between Mark Stoops and Nick Saban, Elam said that he likes both coaches, but feels like he could have a “more personal relationship” with Stoops because “he’s down to Earth,” whereas Saban is more business-like. I can’t understand how he could get that impression (ha).
Elam, who has obviously enjoyed all parts of the recruiting process, praised both Kentucky and Alabama fans, calling the Big Blue Nation “phenomenal,” but added that even when he goes to Alabama, the fans there know him too.
We’ll have Elam’s full interview up on the site a little later.