May 23, 2013 8:47 PM
At this time last year, John Hardin's Matt Elam (DT/OT) wasn't on Kentucky's radar. However, it didn't take Mark Stoops and his staff long to change that.
"As soon as Stoops came in, Coach [Neal] Brown came to the school and they just started visiting and offered me at a basketball game on our junior day," Elam said.
While Elam was impressed with how quickly Kentucky made him a priority when the new coaches arrived, it was the two-time defending National Champions that gave Elam his first scholarship offer. You read that correctly. According to John Hardin's Head Coach, Chad Lewis, Elam did not have a single offer until he participated in a camp at Alabama.
"We went in his office -- it was me and my coach -- and we sat down on his [Nick Saban's] couch and he was just right in front of me," Elam explained. "You hear about him all the time, but [I'm thinking] I'm never going to meet this guy or let alone talk to him and get an offer. It was just very surreal meeting him."
There are many "pros" about committing to Alabama. However, there's at least one "con" -- it's far from Elizabethtown.
"I will say of the offers I have right now, it's a three-horse race between Alabama, Kentucky and Louisville," Elam stated. "Kentucky and Louisville are so close to home, [they're] great atmospheres, I love the coaching staffs at both schools. And then Alabama -- national championships, that's just a great opportunity to have."
Elam doesn't seem to be in a hurry to make his college decision, but he's definitely enjoying the process. Coach Lewis said the two of them recently "skyped" with Coach Saban for almost an hour -- just to get to know each other a little better.