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No Elam Decision? No Problem! Tune in to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl

(From left to right) Matt Elam, Marcelys Jones, and Drew Barker.

(From left to right) Matt Elam, Marcelys Jones, and Drew Barker.

(From left to right) Matt Elam, Marcelys Jones, and Drew Barker.

Before an NFL Wildcard doubleheader begins on NBC, the best high school football stars in America will showcase their skills at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  Normally Kentucky fans could care less about high school bowl games during basketball season, but Mark Stoops is just too damn good at recruiting. Here are a few things you need to know before the game begins on the Alamadome turf.

Drew Barker is playing in his final football game before making a permanent move to his college home of Lexington.  Barker will be wearing his #7 for the West squad, wearing the brightest yellow jersey you’ve ever seen.  One of three QBs for the West squad, you can expect to see the future of Kentucky football operate on multiple drives.

Unfortunately the biggest headline from this game has been taken away.  Matt Elam‘s plan for months had been to choose between Alabama and Kentucky during the game, only to push that decision back this morning until the February 5th National Signing Day.  Elam’s recruitment has been so crazy that at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if he repelled from the roof of the Alamodome wearing a t-shirt of his college choice.  Don’t panic though #BBN, Jason Hatcher was committed to USC at this time last year before sacking 2 QBs for the Cats last Fall.  The Elizabethtown defensive tackle will be wearing #69 for the East squad.

Outside of the state of Kentucky, there are a few other guys that could eventually make their way to Lexington.  “The Glenville Trio” is composed of Marcelys Jones, Erick Smith, and Marshon Lattimore.  Coached by Ted Ginn Sr., pretty much every all-star that comes from this school goes to Ohio State.

Jones (#50 for the East) has actually been expected to enroll at OSU as early as next week, but rumors have been flying that the highly-ranked offensive guard could flip to UK.  He has a long relationship with the staff and he has roomed with Matt Elam for the duration of the bowl game.  Smith (#22 East) and Lattimore (#2 East) are bigger longshots for the Cats, but Barker’s ‘can’t stop, won’t stop’ mentality has created uncertainty in the ‘Trio’.

The last guy to keep an eye on is defensive lineman Travonte Valentine (#98 East). The #56 overall prospect by 247 announced this week on Twitter that he will be visiting Kentucky, “Switching my official visit out Alabama<Kentucky.” Valentine has committed to Miami but with rumors that Al Golden is heading to PSU, the Cats still have a dog left in the fight.

Watch all of the action Live from the Astrodome on NBC starting at 1:00 PM.

 

Article written by Nick Roush

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

16 Comments for No Elam Decision? No Problem! Tune in to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl



  1. FGC
    12:55 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

    No. stop giving that attention ho so much daggone attention



  2. UK and MSU Fan
    1:01 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

    Astrodome? Wrong city, Nick.



    • Nick Roush
      1:05 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah I got way to focused on putting up the Friday Night Lights tidbit. Is the Astrodome even still standing? Place has to be about 100 years old



    • UK and MSU Fan
      1:33 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, the Astrodome is still standing…for now. Some of its exterior ramp towers were demolished last month, and its future is in serious doubt. One more critique: Today’s game is in the Alamodome, not the Alamadome. And you still have the Astrodome reference in the last sentence of the post. Thanks for the updates, sir!



  3. L1C5
    1:08 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

    Is Matt a drama queen?



  4. Cat Fan In Georgia
    1:12 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

    And, if we’re getting technical here, it’s “rappelled.” Unless you think that this media circus of a recruitment/commitment is, well, “repelling.”



  5. QUESTION
    2:32 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

    I MISSED THE LOUISVILLE GAME. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN WATCH IT??????



    • Linda Taylor
      6:32 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

      Well dumba$$, you can get in your time machine and set the controls to Dec 28th and then watch it on CBS. You have posted this in every comment section on this board today.



  6. snarkster
    2:35 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

    Something tells me that since Elam will now visit Bama on 01/17/13, Valentine will now go back to his original plan to visit Bama also.



  7. UK fan in Marshall Islands
    2:35 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

    I can not help but feel frustration towards Elam and his having a hard time of making his choice between schools. Could have been a fan favorite at commonwealth stadium, not my pick anymore. I think all the attention these kids get from the media now a days goes to their heads. Matt is not helping UK recruiting IMO. I will give all my attention and appreciation to the recruits that have committed to UK and want to play for the BBN.



  8. Paul in Fern Creek
    3:27 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

    Can’t understand the posponement. Maybe Matt’s just playin the BBN until his move to Bama. Either be a hero at home or mosey on down and get in line in Tuscaloosa. Stop playing the game in recruiting.



    • DPM UK
      3:30 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

      I agree with you. The old saying of shit or get off the pot comes to mind. I



    • buffetta1a.
      3:54 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

      Ditto here!! This kid just wants attention. Maybe it was me but it appeared to me that Drew Barker sort of backed off Elam’s decision to be a Cat? I believe Elam has hurt instead of helped our recruiting. Let him go!



  9. KyTom
    3:53 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

    “COULDN’T care less” the way you stated it, you can care less…..



  10. Linda Taylor
    6:33 pm January 4, 2014 Permalink

    Who is the fat bearded lady on the left in the above pic?



  11. cats42301
    5:12 am January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Nick, surely you could figure out that the correct saying is “couldn’t care less”. Oh well, nearly everyone else uses it wrong too.