Kentucky Football 2014 Preview: Meet the Wildcats, Matt Elam & Lloyd Tubman


Matt Elam

Defensive Tackle



Elizabethtown, Ky

John Hardin High School

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You all know the story- or should- possibly one of the most sought after and publicized football recruits Kentucky has ever had. A 4-star by ESPN and 3 with Yahoo and Rivals he was one of the most highly rated players in the nation and easily top-5 in the state (along with Drew Barker). With a sea of offers he ultimately choose Kentucky late over Saban and Alabama- a HUGE (no pun intended) get for Stoops and Kentucky. He had numerous offers in high school including playing in the Army All-American Bowl. If Elam can shed some weight and shape up in the weight room this summer he could make a big impact on the field this fall.

Lloyd Tubman

Defensive End



Louisville, Ky

Seneca Academy

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Tumban, like Elam, was also a late pickup for the Wildcats choosing Kentucky over Penn State, Nebraska, Indiana and Louisville. Given 3-stars on ESPN and Yahoo, ESPN rated him #64 at his position and 5 in the state. Per Yahoo, he runs a 4.5 40- not bad for someone his size. I could see Tubman taking a redshirt year this season as the obvious starts at DE are Bud and Za’Darius with Hatcher and a few other returning upper classmen to back them up. Seeing the field is not completely out of the question, but the starting job in my opinion is.