Kentucky Wildcats National Signing Day: Matt Elam Boosts Loaded Defensive line


Matt Elam and Drew Barker via Elam’s Twitter.

Name: Matt Elam

Position: Defensive Tackle

Height/Weight: 6-5, 370 lbs.

Hometown: Elizabethtown, Ky.

Rivals: 3*

Scout: 4*

ESPN: 4*

24/7: 5*

Elizabethtown’s Matt Elam, 6-5, 375-pound defensive tackle has signed with The Kentucky Wildcats to boost what will be one of the best defensive lines in the SEC in 2014.

Elam is rated as the No. 21 overall prospect by 247Sports and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Kentucky by Rivals.

He announced his commitment on Thursday, six days prior to 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 alongside All-SEC performers Za’Darius Smith and Bud Dupree, as well as one of the top JUCO d-lineman in Cory Johnson.

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.

Here is a brief excerpt of his ESPN recruiting profile:

Good explosiveness and capable of driving blockers back to collapse the pocket. A tall kid that can obstruct passing lanes when he gets his hands up. Big and strong enough to just overpower opponents at his current level, but needs to further develop the use of his hands and continue to develop and polish the bull rush

Big physical player who needs to work to be more consistent with his pursuit effort and while he has limited range flashes above average mobility for size. When he turns and pursues can be a factor at times on the perimeter.

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