published Friday, January 31st, 2014

Matt Elam picks UK over Tide

It's not every day a touted football prospect picks Kentucky over Alabama, but it happened Thursday.

Matt Elam, a 6-foot-5, 372-pound defensive tackle from Elizabethtown, Ky., announced at his high school that he would be signing next week with the Wildcats. Kentucky and Alabama were his two finalists.

"I wanted to help my home-state program, and to have a great program you need great players," Elam said at the ceremony. "I think it's important to have some in-state kids be the cornerstone of that."

Elam is a five-star prospect according to 247Sports.com and the nation's No. 13 defensive tackle.

"It is very hard to turn down Alabama," he said. "It's the mecca of football."

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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