Big Blue Board: Wednesday Night Update

With only two weeks left before National Signing Day and three scholarships left in the coffer, the Big Blue Nation's attention has turned to who will fill those last remaining spots in Kentucky's 2014 football recruiting class.

With only two weeks left before National Signing Day and three scholarships left in the coffer, the Big Blue Nation's attention has turned to who will fill those last remaining spots in Kentucky's 2014 football recruiting class.

Four-star Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin defensive tackle Matt Elam took his official visit to Alabama this past weekend. The visit reportedly went well, as expected.

Elam mentioned he may make his decision a week before NSD. Alabama and Kentucky assistants met with him again on Wednesday, and Elam is expected to make a return unofficial visit to UK this weekend when the Wildcats play Georgia at Rupp Arena.

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As it stands now, all signs point to Elam being a Kentucky "lean," but there is still time left for Nick Saban & Co. Fans have to remember that this is the equivalent of John Calipari pursuing an elite basketball prospect. Players will take a long listen to what Saban has to say.

Three-star Ohio offensive line prospect Josh Krok, who has been committed to West Virginia since the summer, said he had "the best time of my life" during his official visit to UK last weekend. Does that mean he might be ready to flip to the Wildcats? We're not completely ready to go that far, but Mark Stoops & Co. have his full attention, and we know what can happen when that occurs. If he doesn't reaffirm his commitment to the Mountaineers during a visit this weekend, that could be a big sign that he's leaning toward UK.

Meanwhile, Alabama sleeper Jervontius Stallings took his official visit to Kentucky this past weekend. Visit went well, according to the 6-foot-3, 320-pound offensive lineman, but we're not sure if it went well enough to swing him away from Mississippi State, who is the perceived leader at this time. He's scheduled to be in Starkville this weekend for an official visit.

Another offensive line prospect, Minnesota's Robert Olson, did take his official visit to Kentucky this past weekend as speculated. But it should also be noted that Olson has not received a firm scholarship offer from the Wildcats. He is currently thought to be a walk-on target who may have a shot at a scholarship if some other things fall through for UK.

Kentucky has been in pursuit of Louisville Seneca's Lloyd Tubman for quite some time now. A hybrid defensive end/linebacker who originally committed to James Franklin at Vanderbilt but switched to Penn State when Franklin took the job in Happy Valley, Tubman is listening to UK's late pitch. He said he had a "great time" on his official visit over the weekend. The Wildcats love his potential and hope that he's thinking about playing closer to home and family as NSD approaches, but the hunch here is that he sticks with Franklin.

One-time UK commitment Derrick Kelly held in-home visit with the UK coaching staff on Tuesday. The three-star Florida offensive lineman says he loves Stoops & Co., but this could still be an uphill battle to regain his signature on NSD. Heavy hitters like Florida State and LSU have gotten deeply involved with the one-time sleeper prospect, and the national champion Seminoles are just a proverbial stone's throw away from his home.

A potential new name to add to the Big Blue Board is Ty Barrett. Kentucky has expressed major interest in the offensive lineman out of Dallas, Texas. He decommitted from TCU late last night. He had plans on visiting UK before committing to the Horned Frogs. I would not be shocked to see the staff call him or visit him before NSD.

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