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What Happened with Matt Elam?


Saturday was supposed to be a banner day for Kentucky football. With the college football world (and many recruits) watching on, Elam was to be one of 9 All Americans to announce their college choice at the High School All American game. The buzz was everywhere that Elam was going to pick Kentucky and the stage was set for a huge publicity boost for the job that Mark Stoops has done at Kentucky as Elam put on the shiny Big Blue hat. There was some talk that Elam’s decision could push at least one other UK player to potentially switch to the Big Blue as well (Marcelys Jones) and at least two more might come to visit after the game as the Big Blue momentum wave pushed top names to Lexington before Signing Day. It was going to be exciting.

Then it didn’t happen. That isn’t to say that there weren’t things for Kentucky fans to be excited about during the game…Drew Barker looked like a star, leading his team to two touchdowns on two consecutive drives, Matt Elam was a hoss on the line and showcased why he is a 5 star talent and at least one player that did decide (Erick Smith) had a Kentucky hat on stage, something that has been rare in such games. But when Elam postponed his decision, the great day became just a so-so day in Big Blue land. What happened is open to interpretation. Elam told KSR (in his only comments on the subject so far) that he wasn’t “100% certain” and until he was, he didn’t want to commit and then potentially switch at the last minute. One can respect that. It is the biggest decision of the young man’s life and he has a really difficult choice to make…play for his home state school and make everyone around him in his town thrilled or go play for the best program in America that churns out draft picks left and right. Throw in that the 2014 class of UK Football recruits is a tight knit bunch and Elam is close with them as well, and a difficult decision becomes even trickier by the day. In that environment, Elam just wants to be sure and for any 18 year old kid, that is actually showing maturity.

But the reality is that something changed. All signs were pointing to Elam to Kentucky and the postponement can’t really be spun as good news. At best, Elam waits a few weeks, makes an announcement in Kentucky and the Cats still get their man. At worst, the lose the kid to Alabama. But with the postponement, hopes of a Big Blue wave getting some other All Americans went away. Sources told KSR that early in the week, Barker, Elam and three other All Americans (Marcelys Jones, Erick Smith and Travonte Valentine) spent hours talking about the possibility of going to the same school and changing the culture. Smith and Valentine were longer shots, but Jones was on the verge of being flipped from Ohio State to Kentucky. A couple of folks close to the process told me that if Elam had pulled the trigger on Saturday, “Jones was right there with him and may have done the same.” But when Elam postponed, Jones reconfirmed with the Buckeyes, Smith chose Ohio State in a ceremony and Valentine proclaimed LSU his new leader. It may have been unlikely that all, or even one, would have become a Cat, but it was a possibility…and one that could have finished the class with a bang and a final top 12 ranking.

As it is, all is not lost. Matt Elam may still pick Kentucky and if he does, it will be the best class in UK history (probably is regardless). But the momentum of the week was real and seemed on the verge of a program-changing day. It didn’t happen, in large part because Elam decided to wait. You can totally understand where the kid is coming from and I have no problems with the decision. But it does leave you wondering, what might have been.

Article written by Matt Jones

99 Comments for What Happened with Matt Elam?

  1. Plainclothes Man
    8:15 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    This is one of those situations where I wish he would’ve picked us even if he flipped later. I believe Jones and Valentine would’ve joined us and maybe they wouldn’t have flipped with him. I can dream anyway.

  2. Real UK Fan
    8:20 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Who really cares which school he picks? If he doesn’t want to be at UK then good riddance and lets move on to players who want to be here. He is not that important.

    • dave gattis
      12:54 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

      any fool that speaks poorly of this young man should turn in your BBN stuff and go enjoy supporting loserville

    • I smell a Loserville fan
      7:50 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

      “Real UK fan”? Yeah right…try to be less obvious next time troll.

    • Tinsley
      9:58 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

      can you please stop being a dick, sir Mr. Real UK Fan ? Also, do you have a capitalization problem?; your name should say “Real UK fan” but you capitalized the F. Also, don’t tell me you haven’t switched your decision three or four times. I’ve done that already between EKU and UK and I’m a sophmore in high school.

    8:25 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    I just don’t quite understand why he would be talking UK, and wearing UK clothes as much as he was, along with appearing to be so close to the other recruits, and all of a sudden not sure where he wanted to go. Alabama must have gotten in his ear, and got his attention. Very doubtful if he will commit to UK now. That’s just my opinion.

    • jpg
      9:01 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Elam has been thinking about this decision for awhile. I doubt some last second talk about Bama made some crazy impact, since he already knows everything about them. He probably just wants to be in the spotlight a little longer.

      Hope he chooses UK, but if he does not, I wish him luck. He has been using WE a lot, when describing UK, so I still feel confident in UK’s chances. It is hard to ay know to the entity that is Bama.

    • Jumbo
      10:06 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      He was wearing Alabama clothes just as much, it’s just that KSR chooses to censor those pictures here. You are only getting one side of the story here.

  4. Bronne
    8:30 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    The fact that Saban offered him speaks volumes about his ability. There’s no more devoted and selective recruiter in all of college sports than Saban.

  5. The Loco Pollo
    8:31 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    How much did KSR’s (& other UK places) reporting of these rumors & rumblings ultimately hurt UK’s chances by alerting opposing teams & coaches to the possibility of these guys choosing UK?

    Honest question. I’m interested in Matt’s thoughts on whether he thinks putting out this info was actually counter productive to UK’s best interests.

  6. UK Danny
    8:33 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Is this possible? If so, we don’t want or need him.

  7. Matt
    8:34 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    The reality of the situation is …. while he may say we are still in it, we all know that in the end he will spurn us and choose Alabama. He’s keeping his recruitment open because he loves the spotlight and wants his name out there as long as possible. Yes … it’s a big decision. But why put a date out and make a self-imposed deadline 6 months in advance if you weren’t gonna be ready to decide? Why talk up w/ the other recruits at the game about “changing the culture” at UK if you had no intentions of really making a decision? In essence his decision was a blow to UK’s late recruiting efforts. We will still have an excellent class but it could have been a program-changing class.

  8. Jerry
    8:36 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Elam completely screwed Mark Stoops and the entire incoming class. Talk about throwing cold water on the flames…

    • maybe
      9:14 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Maybe seeing Stoops on the Oklahoma sideline rooting against the SEC put a bad taste in the recruits mouths?

    • maybe not
      9:16 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, seeing Stoops on the sidelines supporting his brother probably made some recruits really mad. I hope you were joking with that comment.

  9. Brett Hollinger
    8:37 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Use your real name and post things like that, tough guy. Better yet, say them to Elam’s face. Let us know how that works out for you.

  10. North Hardin Student
    8:37 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Saban did not watch him play once, not once.

    • 21st Century
      9:34 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

      Hi, I’m the 21st century it’s nice to meet you student of North Hardin. You see here in the 21st century theres these things called video cameras that can capture events like a player playing football and people can watch it anytime they want over and over. My brother the 20th century had video cameras too.

  11. Musehobo
    8:38 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Hi I am a UK fan and I like to make rash judgements about people’s character cause I love my football team so much. Every time I read people’s comments after some bad news or a kid chooses another school the comment section here is filled with whiny babies making idiotic statements.

    • jpg
      9:03 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Irrationality at it’s finest!

  12. DerbyDemon
    8:40 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    I’m telling you guys, he was NEVER ours to lose. And quite frankly, I’m a little more than sick of hearing this same tune.

  13. YouPeopleAreDelusional
    8:41 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Kentucky NEEDS Matt Elam stop being silly.

  14. matt
    8:41 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    I wonder if the coaching change at UL had anything to do with it and if they could become a possibility again. Could he be waiting on a Petrino decision?

    • jpg
      9:06 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      This is straight delusion! Why would Charlie exit help UL with Elam? There is so much uncertainty there. Petrino?!!!!! Why does he not have WKU at least in his top 5?

      I love fans, because the crazy comes out.

  15. Buckets
    8:41 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Elam postponing the announcement is not good news. Not good news at all.

  16. Matt Jones
    8:41 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    #4 if we thought posting stuff about a recruit’s decision would hurt UK’s chances, we wouldn’t post it…and chances are high that if something would hurt their chances, we probably wouldn’t even know about it.

  17. Random Nibbler
    8:41 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Hate that it happened, but he is a Kentucky boy and I believe he stays blue in the end. Home state will always have your back, Alabama will forget you.

    • Dennis
      8:51 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      No clue what you’re talking about. Alabama fans have supported former players for years. Stop making up lies just because you’re jealous a quality recruit may be headed to a a far superior program. It makes our fan base look bad.

  18. goUKats
    8:42 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    The biggest thing was the disappointment felt when Elam decided not to commit.But as a long suffering UK football fan,i’ve learned to live with these disappointing events.

    I really hope KSR and other UK related web sites give it a rest and not make any further mention of Elam until his decision is made.

  19. Krispy Kreme
    8:42 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    He is an awesome player and would have made a major splash at UK. If he doesn’t believe Coach Stoops and the staff is turning the corner then he needs to choose Bama. No hard feelings. We need kids who are 100% bought into making a change. I really wish Matt the best at Alabama.

    • Sue
      9:04 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      I agree. I want people that want to be Wildcats! I want enthusiasm not just to play football, but to learn from the coach and to fight each game. I want people who believe they can win every freaking game! If you can’t do that for us, then you’re not right for us.

  20. katfaninyourface
    8:44 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Unfair t o Elam for MJ to frame the situation this way. I highly doubt Elam has as much pull as is insinuated.

  21. dylan
    8:45 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    You never know, he may still choose UK, but this post is spot on, could have been a huge day for UK Football, but lets take our shots on the field next season, surely we’ll be on national TV some. WIN! GO CATS!

  22. chris
    8:47 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Elam is all talk and little action as per his performance during the all star game.

  23. Oral32
    8:47 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Heart says UK – Head says Bama. If u were a basketball player would you want to play for UK or Bama just ask Trevor Lacey how that worked out for him. As much as I’d love to see you in BLUE go south young man and get your national title and earn you millions in the NFL.

    • devilsadvocate
      10:09 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      You can say that for both sides. Look what happened to Poythress. Top recruit goes to a top school and gets lost under all the other players.

    • jpg
      10:46 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      In football, way more than basketball, players are drafted from all over the country, big school or small school. Because teams have so many more roster spots, teams canvass the prospects thoroughly, and go after players no matter the prestige of the program.

      Watch the intros to an NFL game. The teams are diverse. There are plenty of UK players that are making it big in the NFL that proves this. UK is in the SEC, so the players are going to get exposure.

  24. dylan
    8:48 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    It sucks because he’d have a big role, right away on our line… but now, if he does go to Bama, we’ll have to forget all about him for a couple of seasons and this guy, I’m telling you we’ll be hearing his name on Sports Center..

  25. True fan
    8:48 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    “Fans” like the ones on these comments make me sick. Y’all don’t have Abu clue about Matt Elams character. This is the hardest decision he will ever make. You don’t think he wants to be the signature recruit of his hometown team and put them on the map? You’re crazy. He’s a great football player and will be great in the sec. If he goes to Alabama it will hurt but I will still be a fan. If you bash recruits then re evaluate yourself as a UK fan.

  26. HackRichards
    8:53 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    I think Coach Stoops on the Oklahoma sideline had a lot to do with it. That is the only other thing that has happened lately.

    • thatswhativebeenthinking
      9:20 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      I agree.

    • Catman22
      9:24 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      any person that would fault a guy that cheered for his brother’s team is clueless.

    • jpg
      10:49 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      That is some of the most irrational, delusion I will read this week! Why would Stoops supporting his BROTHER negatively affect Elam?

  27. Dan
    8:53 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    I’m guessing that he was excited about it with the prospect of Valentine, Jones, Lattimore and Smith coming to UK with him, but the house of cards began to fall apart when Lattimore and Smith stuck with OSU. That probably made Jones want to stay with OSU too, then that made Valentine hesitant which in turn made Elam hesitant. Bad news with this scenario is that we still have to play the waiting game. However, the good news (in my opinion) is that we still have a chance. I don’t think all hope is lost quite yet.

  28. LansingCat
    8:54 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Can’t be mad or upset about this. Kiddo is 18ish years old. Remember when you were that age? How you gonna make a potentially life changing decision without SERIOUSLY thinking it through. Hell, I’ll be 36 in two weeks, and I still make pros vs. cons lists and then evaluate them. Fact of the matter is as follows: Elam has the chance to go play at one of the greatest football schools of all time. If an Alabama kid wanted to come play hoops at UK, would the rest of the world not understand? It’s a no-brainer. UK football is what it is, and while I am a fan, I never understood why Elam would pick UK over ‘Bama.

  29. Mysti Blue
    8:54 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    With fans that say some of the things that are being said on here – why would he want to come here. Grow up people he is 18 years old trying to make the best decision for him.

  30. David
    8:55 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Elam is an egomaniac. He loves milking the recruiting process and did not want it to end. IMO

    I had high hopes for him and the other 2014 recruits but it seems his ego and Alabama are to big for the commonwealth. I will pull for and love those recruits who believe in the BBN and want to help this program turn the corner.

  31. Bald Guy
    8:56 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Elam is going to be a star no matter what jersey he wears…. The kid is going to make everyone proud in ky… kind of like Jennifer Lawrence(card). If he comes to UK we would still have a ways to go and he has already been dbl blocked his entire hs career. Just nice to know he thinks the program is rising from the ashes.

  32. So
    8:59 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Dudes going to Alabama

    Don’t create hard feelings

  33. Blue Mist
    9:03 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Being reported that the tards will interview Petrino and another high level head coach tomorrow.

  34. David M
    9:06 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Pull his scholarship offer and give it to the kid who wants to play for the Cats that has been asked to walk on. A kid from Butler comes to mind. Runs a 4.35 forty and has more heart than Elam will ever have.

  35. Catfan66
    9:06 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    The bigger picture – whether Elam stays or goes, Stoops has already accomplished the best recruiting class the school has ever seen – at least since they started keeping records for recruiting. Go Cats!

  36. Losing mentality
    9:07 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    So Alabama losing to Auburn, and their chance to play in the BCS Championship, THEN getting upset in their Bowl game has made him more interested in Alabama again? Talk about some reverse logic.
    I’m tired of reading about him on here to be honest. I’m sure the BBN “fans” on twitter will be slamming him and help push him further towards Alabama so I’m just gonna assume he isn’t coming here from now on.

    • jpg
      9:14 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      BBN fans need to stay away from Twitter!!! I never understand people that get verbally offensive toward anyone, especially pertaining kids and their athletic destinations.

      There is nothing positive that comes from fans on twitter; especially homeristic, irrational fans.

    • Braxton
      9:23 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Playing for Alabama, where he’ll go to a BCS bowl probably every year and win at least 1 national title, or go to Kentucky where they probably won’t make a bowl game for 2 of his years there? Man…such a hard decision!

    • Jumbo
      10:20 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Except that the BCS no longer exists after tomorrow.

    • jpg
      10:52 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Braxton, sometimes kids want to stay home. Stoops built the defense at FSU that will be playing for the title, Monday. Elam playing under Coach Stoops is not a bad decision.

  37. jpg
    9:10 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Make all the fuss you want about Elam and his decision this, but I think Barker and his great performance (led the only 2 scoring drives in the game) make UK look even better. Heck, a 4-star TE is coming for a visit after seeing what Barker could do. UK will have to move on if Elam decides to go with the tide.

    I hope FSU dominates tomorrow, so Elam can see what Stoops can do with D-linemen!!!!

  38. Louisville1Cal5
    9:14 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Really hope Elam ultimately decides on UK, it would be huge for us in many ways, plus it couldn’t hurt our chances with Jones & Valentine too. Couldn’t blame the kid if he ends up choosing Alabama though, Bama speaks for itself.

  39. Brow
    9:14 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Surprised Matt has not commented on the news that uofl will keep Hurtt on staff.

  40. Who Cares
    9:16 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    I saw Elam play against DeSales, and the kid looked lazy and disinterested most of the game. Not a big loss.

  41. Dave in Marshall islands
    9:17 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    We need to move on and let him go to Alabama his head is too big for one of our helmets. He went from being loved and wanted to being despised by a lot of fans. Elam would have done better for himself to have just picked Alabama, not led the BBN on like he really loved Kentucky and the recruits in this class. His ego of his will fit just fine in Crimson Red!!

  42. Tired of this
    9:28 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Two comments:

    A hoss on the line. Nope. Made one tackle and was stood up every other play he was in, every other play. With 4.53 in the 1st quarter, there was a pass to the opposite side of him, the player making the catch broke free and Elam stood there and watched the play. Not a hoss Matt, c’mon.

    Also, your inside sources should be named if they are so knowledgeable, and most, most, most of all, the UK coaching staff should be recruiting players, none of this stuff of players sitting around saying lets go here or lets go there, if it even happened. We do not need this hoss and we don’t need story after story about him. Maybe you do Matt, but the BBN does not.

  43. UKBIRD
    9:34 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    I am just tired of hearing about him on here. I don’t mind to read some on him, But the kid hasn’t said he was coming to UK and hasn’t done anything on UK’s field yet. So give it a break, We have a basketball team you can talk more about right now. And a QB and other guys who are coming to UK post more about them. I love KSR but sometimes you guys can go over board on certain things.

  44. RealTalkk
    9:36 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Ummm, why hasn’t there been any post about, Mikel Horton, our incoming running back (from OH) playing in the Semper Fidelis HS All American Bowl that’s going on right now? It’s on Fox Sports and he’s on the East team.

    • Jumbo
      10:22 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Because he’s not that good…

    • WRB
      11:00 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      He scored the second touchdown for the east Squad.

  45. Guess who
    9:45 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    If everyone has been listening closely during the entire process you would have heard that his mother is totally in awe with Sabin and the Alabama tradition. SHE wants him to go to Alabama. A coach on the North Hardin staff is a huge Alabama fan and want him to go to Alabama. From all indications he has developed close relationships with other members of this particular UK class. It is hard for a child to go against a parent, and it is hard for him to say no to the friendships he has developed. So, the one thing an 18 year old will do is postpone the hurt fellings a little longer. Their frontal lobe has not developed enough sometimes to go ahead and make a decision they think will hurt others, so they delay a painful action. Why does a teen hide things as long as they can knowing deep inside to get it over. Human growth and development, pretty simple.

    • Elam's Frontal Lobe
      10:31 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      I will need a lot more than normal time to develop due to my extreme size.
      I am not your typical frontal lobe!

  46. Wasted Space and Time
    9:45 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Lot of time and effort made that could easily be summed up in 2 words–Kentucky Football.
    Young man has 2 choices. 1. Play for an elite college football program that is going to have a legit shot at a championship every year. 2. Play for UK and hope to have enough wins to play in the Liberty Bowl. Remember folks as good as the 2014 class looks it is still like #9 in the SEC. UK football winning in the SEC– ain’t going happen!!!

  47. Kaptain Kat
    9:48 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Let’s move on. We should not waste our time with pre Madonna s. If he wants to be a wildcat then go all in Matt Elam. Otherwise go sit on the sideline and play special teams fo Saban.

    • Brett Hollinger
      9:58 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Use your real name and post things like that, tough guy. Better yet, say them to Elam’s face. Let us know how that works out for you. Matt is my buddy!

    • Steve Jackson aka Action Jackson
      4:01 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

      There you go Brett Hollinger

  48. Source Close To The Situation
    10:05 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    My source tell me that Elam was going to announce for Alabama on Saturday, however Coach Stoops got on the phone and persuaded him to hold off. After that Coach Saban got on the phone and promised Elam that he would not have to redshirt at Ala. Subsequent to that news, Elam decided to announce for Ala once again. However, he did not follow through because Barker pleaded with Elam to hold off because he had promised to stand behind him when he announced and he, Barker, did not want to go back on his word nor did he want to be embarrassed. Elam then decided to postpone his announcement to keep from embarrassing his friend Barker. In the meantime, Oklahoma has reached out to Elam in an attempt to lure him away from both UK and Ala. Although I cannot confirm this, it is rumored that Oklahoma’s later charge has caused extreme friction within the Stoops family. According to one source, the events of the last couple of days are not pretty. Another source reports that the Elam Family feels a great deal of remorse over what has happened and therefore has decided that Matt will not commit until signing day in February. And, given the foregoing, it is not likely that Matt will choose any of the three aforementioned schools.

    I will update you as more details of this assorted affair become available. However, unlike some reporters, I will not report until I fell that I have good information. I am going to take a sedative and try to get some sleep now. I have been on this story non-stop since Friday and frankly I am a worn out nervous wreck.

    • Dave in Marshall islands
      10:10 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Your full of crap with your inside information pal

    • Jim In Johnson Islands
      10:25 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      The man can only report what he hears. He has given us more inside scoop than anybody. His explanation seems completely reasonable to me.

    • jpg
      10:57 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      Dude, I am sorry, but you know as much as the rest of us. What big school starts to recruit a player this late to signing day? You are as factual as all the crazy conflicting reports about Charlie Strong bfore his announcement.

      I love how you have multiple sources. Why don’t you go into sports journalism? You would be embarrassing most of the media with your facts.

    • A Source Even More Closerer to the Situation
      12:38 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

      Stop. You’re embarrassing yourself.

  49. 9-asty
    10:06 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    We know Matt was recruiting guys to join him at UK, but is it possible that other players were recruiting him to go somewhere else. Maybe the OSU guys got in his head and he’s considering them. Do we know for certain he is just down to UK and Bama?

    • Jumbo
      10:27 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      How do you know Matt was recruiting other players? Because KSR told you so? Yeah, they wouldn’t make things up, would they?

  50. Saban Said !
    10:17 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Saban flipped Elam over the weekend with some serious promises.

    He was heard telling him, “Matt, if you like your health care plan you can keep it and if you like your doctor you can keep him.”

    I believe that is what caused Elam to flip!

  51. GeneralJackD.Ripper
    10:25 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    The whole thing about him planning to announce at the game, then backing out is what most people took offense to. Hell, if he doesn’t want to play for UK then just get it over with & announce . He’s the one that told the fans about the announcement months ago, the fans haven’t pressured him in any way.

    Over the years I’ve seen multiple players complain about UK’s lack of tradition, etc., etc., when they committed elsewhere, but other than Shaun Alexander, I can’t think of anybody else that turned out to be a once in a lifetime player at another football factory. There have been some good ones & I go back to Kurt Barber, but one player doesn’t make a team.

  52. James
    10:28 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Elam is a big pile of shit. This dude is fat and slow and will be dead by 35 due to poor health. I hope this loser goes out of state so i don’t have to see his ugly ass

  53. Andy
    10:50 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Matt just admit you got BBN worked up without any credible info. Smith was never leaning anywhere close to UK and when Ginn Sr got to San Antonio he had a quick talk to both Smith and Lattimore to quit dicking around with the media. Once that conversation was done, tweets were deleted and the decisions were back on. There was no info other than 18 year old tweets!! I appreciate your enthusiasm towards recruiting, but stick to hoops. You still have a lot to learn about football.

    • Bingo
      11:03 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

      ^^^^^^^^^^ THAT

  54. 6xJimmy
    10:53 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Matt Elam will not be a impact college player if he does not get in much better shape. Most teams run a up tempo offense like Auburn, and UK is trying to. He will not be able to stand up to that. He weighted 375 lbs.(?), the only time he will get on the field for UK, or Bama would be goal line. Maybe he will develop the drive he has not shown yet.

  55. kes
    11:01 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Anyone that gets offered to go to bama to play football and goes to KY instead is just an idiot

  56. procrowe
    11:23 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    maybe the reality here is that the other All Americans who were mentioned didn’t like all the negative attention they got because of the news that began to permeate over the public acknowledgement of this potential swing in committments….they give Elam grief over it and he plays it safe by backing off what appears to be a likely KY committment to save face. WHO KNOWS? and does it really matter? Anyway, this team under Stoops is fine. I think Elam still comes to KY and the only loss may be a few H kids that weren’t really that into us in the first place..

  57. procrowe
    11:25 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    * OH kids….my bad

  58. Sequel coming this week !
    11:41 pm January 5, 2014 Permalink

    The long awaited sequel to “I Am A Willie Colley Stein Man” will be released later this week.
    The new, sure to be a smash hit, is entitled, “I Am Not A Nick Saban Man.”

  59. Blue To The Bone...
    1:43 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Make no mistake here…TJ is no fool and he will not pass on Petrino as others have done…Going into the acc he needs to knock this hire out of the park and hire a proven winner despite of the past…TJ is dead set on winning in the acc and BP can get that done..

  60. Blue To The Bone...
    1:44 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Why are my posts being deleted…

  61. ElamFan
    8:40 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

    I will admit I was just as miffed as the rest of BBN when Elam chose to delay his announcement and I feel that it’s not good for us. However, we need to back off with the nasty comments about his character-although I think most of the negative comments are from trolls and I hope he realizes this when reading these comments. Ultimately he has to do what is best for him and I will support him 100% even if it’s not the Cats. We still have a great recruiting class and these kids have an edge to them that I can’t wait to see! Go Cats!!!

  62. Paul in Fern Creek
    8:49 am January 6, 2014 Permalink

    If he was truly a UK lean, why would he not pick UK on national TV and possibly bring a couple of other
    4 stars with him. Now the others are all headed in different directions, not a one towards UK. That moment has passed. Just cant understand why a kid would betray what seem to be his best friends. Even if Stoops ends up a bust at UK, Elam would have always been set in KY. At Alabama he could easily get lost in the shuffle of other stars and wind up not ever getting his shot at stardom. At UK at least he’a assured of getting his moment in the sun.

  63. Mike
    12:46 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Biggest decision of his life? Then he really has lived a charmed life. Some kids that age are trying to decide where they are going to sleep tonight. These are real First World problems. And I’m saying this as a guy who’s son played for UK and loved every minute of it. We need to put this in perspective. If the kid is as good as everyone says, he will do well wherever he goes. Of course that would mean that the fans had HIS best interest at heart – and we all know that’s not the case.

  64. Hmmm
    1:20 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    I didn’t know at the beginning of this post and I still don’t know. Looks like KSR needs some new sources.

  65. Wello
    1:21 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Looks like KSR could use some new sources

  66. STEVE!
    1:55 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    First, let’s clear up what seems to be some confusion among some of the posters. Elam attends John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, not North Hardin High School in Radcliff. There is a difference. My opinion is that Elam has always wanted to go to Alabama, but has been polite by keeping the home state school on the list until the last. We have been in similar situations with basketball recruits keeping the school with the most family or geographic connections on the list up until the moment they chose UK. Now he has allegedly become close with other UK recruits – although he probably has also become close with other Alabama recruits – and he’s having a hard time making the call and hurting some feelings.

  67. Unknown
    3:43 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    I wish someone with some credibility would say this kid is better than DeWayne Robertson. I find it hard to believe but the impact he could make with a commitment is worth virtually any price.