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Matt Elam says his heart is at the University of Kentucky


Matt Elam picked Kentucky over Alabama moments ago, and is currently speaking to the media about his decision.  Here are some notes, which I’ll keep updating as he talks:

—  At the Army-All American game, Elam said that he was still unsure of who he would pick, but said that it was 60/40 UK.

—  Matt says that even if Alabama comes calling, he’s “fully committed” to Kentucky.

—  Like Drew Barker, Elam said that the chance to help his home state program was a major reason for his decision: “That’s one of the main reasons I stayed, to help out my state program.”

—  He told Drew Barker that he was picking Kentucky yesterday, but tricked him by saying he was going with Alabama first.  When he told Barker he was just messing with him, Drew “got excited and said, ‘We gotta change this.'”

—  Elam told Mark Stoops two days ago.  How did he react?  “He went crazy. He was like, ‘I can’t really say anything, but I just want to tell the whole world.’ His wife came in there and he was like, ‘Honey…’ I can’t really tell you what he said, but he just went crazy to everybody.”  #ThingsStoopsSaidtoChantel?

—  The whole helmet hat trick?  Elam came up with that last night, and said he wanted “something different” and hopes it looked good.  

—  Would Elam have committed to Kentucky if Stoops wasn’t the coach?  “No sir, not at all.”  In fact, “With the Joker Phillips staff, me or Drew weren’t really considering them, but now, when the coaching staff changed, it just changed our minds a lot.”  Ouch.

— On turning down Saban: “Not a lot of people have. A lot of people might be surprised, but he’s a great guy.”

— When it came down to it, “It’s hard to turn down Alabama, but my heart is at the University of Kentucky.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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17 Comments for Matt Elam says his heart is at the University of Kentucky

  1. Lexington 3
    12:25 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Awesome to have Matt on board!!!! But why does everyone else in that picture look like they are attending a funeral?

  2. kittylitter
    12:27 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Good decision if he wants to play right away. At Alabama, it would be easy to get caught up in the mix of uber talent they bring in and sit for 2 years waiting on his chance to play. Awesome get for Stoops and Co.

  3. JP
    12:32 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    What’s our class ranked now?

  4. oldskool
    12:35 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Any word on Patterson or Jai Lucas?

  5. Sean
    12:37 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    As much as Matt Jones hates dealing with recruits, KSR having the show at John Hardin HS was a dead giveaway that Elam was selecting UK. Matt would not have done that otherwise. He couldn’t be bothered, especially for a football recruit.

    • cracka
      12:42 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      the same way it was a dead giveaway when Drew went to Huntington to live blog the wiggins decision …

    • Stanley
      1:30 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      cracka: Drew went to Huntington, not Matt. That’s the difference.

  6. rukiddingme
    12:38 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    We will be everyone’s Super Bowl next fall.

  7. rukiddingme
    12:39 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Jai Lucas is coming and will be eligible the fall semester

  8. SCCaT
    12:39 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    I couldn’t understand why his coach had his jacket zipped all the way up to
    his neck, but i watched till the end of the presser and when he unzipped his
    jacket he was wearing a BLUE TIE, couldnt tell if it had UK on it but it was
    KENTUCKY BLUE… congratulations to Stoops and coaches…………..

  9. Aol
    12:44 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    The 3rd point could not have been written any worse. Don’t sum up a quote with the exact same words in a different order. That’s writing 101

    • Jake
      2:08 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      And your comment is jackass 101.

  10. eddie
    12:45 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Best comment of the day was Matt’s answer to “if he got discouraged watching UK last season”…. “No I did not at all, I mean I didn’t expect this team to turn around in 1 season just because Coach Stoops and his staff came to town… We play in the SEC and you can’t turn a program around in the SEC in one season… Now maybe if we were in the ACC we could do that, but it’s too tough in SEC.” BWHAAHAHAHA!!! Way to throw a right hook 10 minutes after becoming a Cat!!!!

  11. sckysportsink
    3:20 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Next to Nerlens’ “UK” haircut, I thought Matt’s helmet idea was one of the more creative of any I’ve seen. I’m glad to see he and the other recruits know success is a couple of years away. No immediate pressure could be a good thing for them.

  12. Bunny
    8:27 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    OK, great! Now lose 50 pounds and get your fat a$$ in shape…

  13. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    9:53 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Welcome Matt!!

  14. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:57 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    I like that he said he know he needed to get himself in better shape to do what he wants to accomplish at UK. We look forward to watching you develop Matt.