The time has finally come. Tomorrow afternoon during the US Army All-American Game, everybody’s favorite defensive tackle from Elizabethtown, Matt Elam, will be making his collegiate selection. The five-star prospect according to 247 Sports has narrowed his list down to two; Mark Stoops’ Kentucky Wildcats and Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Just a few short weeks ago, it looked as though ol’ Nick was going pull a Calipari and convince yet another five-star prospect to play his college ball in the confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium. The 247 Sports crystal ball gave these reports legitimacy as the predictions shifted to 55-45 in favor of the Tide. However, a late push by Stoops, his staff, and the current UK commits have shifted the odds back in Kentucky’s favor, 61-39 to be exact.
It goes without saying, but landing a commitment from the 6-foot-5, 350 pound Elam would be quite the haul for Mark Stoops and his staff. Not only does pulling the 9th ranked overall player in the 2014 class boost the national perception of the program, but it also gives some much needed depth to Kentucky’s defensive front. It’s been a long and winding road leading to this point, but thankfully for everyone involved in the recruiting process, it all comes to a close tomorrow around 1 pm ET on NBC. So here’s to you Mr. Elam, enjoy the rest of your senior year and good luck regardless of which school you select tomorrow.
In the mean time, here’s a photo of him making two very large men look not so large.
A highlight clip of what’s to come for Kentucky? We can only hope.
News & Notes
-Erick Smith caused quite the stir yesterday when he took to Twitter and said that he and his friend Marshon Lattimore would surprise everyone with their college picks. The since deleted tweet was replaced with one that said “Me & Marshon Both Are Committing Tomorrow, We Had A Plan A Long Time Ago & We’re Sticking To It.” The very likely meaning of this statement is a commitment to Ohio State. Despite this news, Marcelys Jones is apparently still in play as he signed non-binding financial aid paperwork with both Kentucky and Ohio State.
-Speaking of recruiting, according to Chris Fisher of 247 Sports, John Calipari was doing some of his own tonight in Wheeling, West Virginia. Calipari ventured over to the Mountain State to view a trio of 2015 five-star players, including Stephan Zimmerman, Carlton Bragg, and Chase Jeter.
John Calipari in Wheeling, WV to watch 2015 5-stars Stephen Zimmerman, Carlton Bragg and Chase Jeter. #BBN
– Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) January 4, 2014
–Jayson Taytum, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard in the class of 2016, will be in Lexington tomorrow to play in the Goodfellas Pizzeria National Shootout hosted by Lexington Catholic. The #4 overall sophomore in 2016 and his squad will be playing the host of the tournament, Lexington Catholic, at 6:30 pm. He currently holds a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
-After two-a-days for nine consecutive days, the basketball Cats finally enjoyed a day off today after a brief, hour-long meeting to discuss schemes. John Calipari was happy to give a day of rest to his players after the work they’ve been putting forth during the past week. “They deserve a day off. I’m proud of the progress,” Coach Cal tweeted Friday morning. “They’re all learning to deal with the grind of becoming a better team and a better player.”
-Speaking of Coach Calipari and Twitter, he later logged on to share his vision of what this team can become by season’s end. I, for one, am glad to see free throws becoming a key focus for this group.
At the end of the year, this team should be a lethal offensive team, a smothering defensive team and a 70 percent free-throw shooting team.
– John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) January 3, 2014
-I’m sure you know this, but Kentucky Sports Radio isn’t the only Kentucky sports blog in the world, not by a long-shot. But every once and again, someone else around the Kentucky blogosphere knocks one out of the park and we must tip our cap and acknowledge their work. Today’s tip of the cap goes to Dakari Johnson who blogged his thoughts on CoachCal.com. Topics included the victory over Louisville, the environment in Rupp Arena, and how the team is coming together.
-Finally, current Kentucky commit Stanley “Boom” Williams took home the overall MVP honors at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. He took to Twitter after the game to give Big Blue Nation a message it desperately needed to hear.
Can’t wait to beat UL next year and bring that governors cup where it belongs !!
– Stanley Williams (@boom_that_guy) January 4, 2014