Skip to content

Kentucky beats Alabama…for prized recruit

Nick Saban, Mark Stoops AP

Score one for Mark Stoops: Blue-chip defensive tackle Matt Elam committed to Kentucky over Alabama Thursday, only adding to a pretty nice 2014 recruiting class for the Wildcats.

247 Sports pegs Elam as a five-star recruit, while Rivals gives him three stars. But the 6-foot-7, 372-pound native of Elizabethtown, Ky., was coveted by plenty of powerful programs, fielding offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee as well as Alabama.

While there’s disagreement on just how good a prospect Elam is, for Stoops and his staff to fend off Nick Saban and college football’s most powerful program is a massive victory.

Rivals rates Kentucky’s 2014 class as the 13th-best nationally, while 247 has them No. 19. That represents a huge gain for a historically downtrodden program, even if eight SEC teams currently have better recruiting classes per 247 Sports.

The SEC East may have been “down” last year, even with two very strong teams in Mizzou and South Carolina topping the division. But with Kentucky and Tennessee bringing in strong recruiting classes, Florida and Georgia having plenty of talent and Mizzou and South Carolina both coming off double digit-win seasons, top-to-bottom the SEC East could soon rival the SEC West as college football’s most difficult division.

Permalink 11 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, Missouri Tigers, Rumor Mill, South Carolina Gamecocks, Southeastern Conference, Tennessee Volunteers, Top Posts
11 Responses to “Kentucky beats Alabama…for prized recruit”
  1. spreadthecheese says: Jan 30, 2014 12:42 PM

    Not really a surprise. His top three were Kentucky, Notre Dame and Alabama. Notre Dame stopped recruiting him when it was becoming clear he likely wouldn’t qualify, and Alabama was full at the position.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 30, 2014 12:46 PM

    Bama still has #1 2014 class in the nation by almost every rating site…. and Rivals.com’s #1 player… I think they’ll be alright….

  3. stoicpaisano says: Jan 30, 2014 12:54 PM

    As good as Marrow/Stoops have been in Ohio, keeping in-state studs like Elam/Barker will really help UK reach the next level. Not top-tier in the SEC, but a top 25 team which would be stupendous for that school.

    The problem is the state doesn’t develop many blue-chippers…if Stoops could make in-roads at Trinity (a traditional Louisville pipeline) things could get real interesting.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Jan 30, 2014 12:58 PM

    This young man’s mother said she would move to BAMA if he chose to come here. That might have also affected his decision.

    Regardless, I wish him well with the wildcats….

  5. irishdodger says: Jan 30, 2014 1:15 PM

    Let’s not crown the Wildcats just yet. One player can only do so much. Just ask Tim Couch or Jared Lorenzen.

  6. rolltide510 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:24 PM

    Elam is a prime example of the Bill Parcells “Planet Theory”. If he puts in the work he’s the next elite NFL nose tackle.

  7. drubyy1993 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:24 PM

    You know he’s glad it’s mark stoops and not bob stoops that he has to play every year haha

  8. bigdinla says: Jan 30, 2014 4:33 PM

    Wish Elam best of luck, but think thus was a bad choice. He is a pure zero technique 3-4 NG. He will be a average 4-3 DT.

  9. normtide says: Jan 30, 2014 6:04 PM

    I really wanted this young man at Bama. The ng spot actually makes our defense work. I wish him all the best at UK. Tbh, I respect an athlete that wants to build some thing at a lower tier program. God speed.

  10. musketmaniac says: Jan 31, 2014 12:32 AM

    five star in one rating, three stars in another. hmm no science with these evaluators.

  11. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 5:14 PM

    That size coming out of high school? What are these boys eating?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!