Matt Elam and Drew Barker via Elam's Twitter.

Matt Elam Pledges to Kentucky Wildcats over Alabama Crimson Tide

The Kentucky Wildcats are approaching National Signing Day with the potential to finish with one of the best recruiting classes in 2014.

The highest ranking a recruiting service has given UK is the No. 13 ranking by Rivals. However, the Cats  had one more player  to add that could help them rise even further.

That man is Elizabethtown’s Matt Elam. The 6’5″, 375-pound defensive tackle is rated as the No. 21 overall prospect by 247Sports and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Kentucky by Rivals.

Elam announced Sunday night on Twitter that he will make his commitment Thursday, moving it up from his previously scheduled date of February 5 on National Signing Day.

Going against UK was the allure of Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, winners of three of the past five BCS Championships. Needless to say, getting Elam would be a program-altering commitment just in the sense of beating an elite program like Bama for him.

On Thursday, at the performing arts center of his Elizabethtown school, Matt Elam verbally committed to the Kentucky Wildcats.

UK was badly in need of a defensive tackle after graduating starters Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph. They also lost Tristan Johnson to graduation, and he was the first backup off the bench to come in for Cobble or Rumph.

Elam has a great chance to come in and get playing time early and often in the 2014 season.

This is a great day to be a Wildcat, and there will be many more like it with Mark Stoops at the helm along with talented and high-quality characters like Elam and his good friend, Drew Barker.

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