'I just manhandled the competition'

Matt Elam is a four-star offensive lineman on FOX Sports NEXT, but Alabama courts him as their next interior force on the defensive line. He participated at the Tide's camp this week and left a major impression on the staff, who's attention opened Elam's eyes.

Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin two-way lineman Matthew Elam was shocked when Alabama was first offered him in February, and they've been recruiting him very hard ever since.

He participated at the team's initial camp on Monday, and by all indication he more than impressed.

"It was great, got to go through camp," he said. "I did really well, the whole coaching staff was excited."

Elam, who checks in at 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, knows he's tough to handle in any drill or setting.

"I feel like there are not a lot of people in the country that can block me," he said. "So I went up there with the attitude and I showed out on the field.

"I just manhandled the competition."

The coaches had plenty to relay to Elam, who says he didn't lose a single rep on Monday, in their latest efforts to show how much of a priority he is for the class of 2014.

"They said that I was a freak of nature and so quick for a big guy and I move well," said the rising senior. "They love me there and they said they need me."

That included a meeting with Nick Saban before Elam hit the road back to the Bluegrass State.

"It was better to meet with him again, I was more chilled and calm this time," he admitted. "I have a way better relationship with him now."

Saban didn't push for a commitment though he wasn't slow-playing the immense talent either.

"He was like, 'the door is always open for you Matt, you're the best DL prospect we are looking at,'" said Elam. "That opened my eyes like man, they really want me."

The camp, the campus and the coaching staff all resonated with the No. 30 offensive tackle in America, and the Crimson Tide seems to be in a good spot for his defensive talents at this time.

"They have a great chance," he added. "I love it there, it's an amazing place to be and I think it fits me very well."

Elam claims no leader, but holds a top five of Alabama, Kentucky, Louisville, Florida and now Ohio State - who offered him on Tuesday. He will be in Lexington on June 10 and 11 an currently has no additional trips planned.


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