Elam expands on standouts

Matt Elam's rise from a virtual unknown to one of the top defensive line prospects in America is a noted one, and it has resulted in offer from some of the biggest schools in the nation. After a weekend visit that featured two teams high on his list in action, a trio of schools are separating from the pack.

Often in the South, top recruits are able to see a pair of programs they are heavily considering go at it in conference play.

But for Matthew Elam it's a rare case. While his top tier of schools are in the same conference, his list includes two programs at opposite ends of the SEC in Alabama and Kentucky. The two faced off on Saturday with Alabama winning 48-7. But it was somewhat expected.

"Nothing has changed," Elam said.

The Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin defensive tackle is among the top priorities for each program, and he mentioned wearing an Alabama shirt and a Kentucky jacket while at the game in Lexington.

Heading into the matchup, the four-star prospect said the only thing that would create movement from the game would be a big surprise within it.

Did he see one?

"No not really, just a crazy environment," he said.

Among the sea of blue for the primetime affair was UK hoops coach John Calipari, who snapped a photo with the top prospect in the Bluegrass State.

"He tried to get me to come out for basketball," Elam said laughing. "It was funny."

It was Mark Stoops and the UK football staff that had the chance to court him while he was on campus, and the group may have gone "all out" to impress him. It was just his second trip to campus this fall despite living fairly close.

"It's just crazy how the fans act and the coaching staff, I feel like I'm on the team," he said. "And for 'Bama, too. I love their coaching staff a lot."

Elam admits that the two have begun to separate themselves atop his list, along with another school not too far from Elizabethtown.

"Those two and Notre Dame," he said of his standouts. "I have the ND official this weekend."

Elam, ranked as the No. 15 defensive tackle prospect in America by Scout.com, maintains his plan to take all of his official visits before making a commitment at the Army All-American game in January.

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