City: Palm Beach Gardens
High School: William T. Dwyer High School
National Rank: No. 10
Position Rank: 5*/No. 1
My Take: Matt Elam is arguably the top overall ranked player in a year in which the state of Florida is absolutely loaded. Elam committed early in the recruiting season to the University of Florida and head coach Urban Meyer. Elam committed to Urban Meyer in October of last year and this is what he had to say.
"I talked to Coach Meyer this morning and we talked about my scholarship offer and the great family atmosphere that Florida has and how great this class will be. I feel the love that Coach Meyer has for me and for my brother when he coached him at Notre Dame and then I told him that I wanted to be a Gator and I can't wait to play for him. He was very excited and can't wait for me to get on campus and start coaching me up. We have had a great relationship for a long time now and I am excited about taking it to another level. I felt all the love and when I went to visit Florida. I loved the environment and atmosphere of The Swamp and I know that he is putting together the best class in the country for 2010 and I wanted to be a part of it."
There has been recent speculation with Ohio State due to his brother who was with the Browns. Others mention he may take an official visit to West Virginia in the near future with teammate and current Mountaineer commitment Robert Clark. Elam has told me countless times that he is through with the recruiting process and that Florida is his home. Urban Meyer has a long lasting relationship with the Elam family that has grown even stronger over the last few years. I don't see any chance moving forward that Matt Elam is not part of the Florida recruiting class for 2010.
Scout.Com Take: Already one of the top 2010 players in the state of Florida, Elam is fun to watch. He is extremely versatile and appears to relish taking on more and more responsibility. Very effective at RB, he has the patience to let the play develop and the extra gear necessary to exploit creases and cutback lanes. Defensively, Elam plays downhill and seeks contact. Is always in position to make plays and finishes well--Burke Hayes.
Scout.Com Biography: 2008: Elam was selected Player of the Year (County) racking up 91 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss and nine sacks. He rushed for 435 yards and four touchdowns on 39 carries and caught passes totaling 758 yards and nine touchdowns. He was honored with First Team Selection 4A FSWA Utility. Over his 9th and 10th grade seasons Elam totaled eight interceptions and over 100 tackles.