Posted: 7:10 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

No surprise: Elam to UF 

By Jason Lieser

Dwyer junior Matt Elam, who can play a variety of skill positions, made a verbal commitment to the Florida Gators on Wednesday.

Elam has been talking about a UF commitment for at least a month, and gave his word to coach Urban Meyer earlier today.

“I’m very excited because I’ve always wanted to be a Gator,” Elam said. “I’ve known I was going to do this for a long time.”

Elam said Meyer was nonspecific about a possible role on the team, but Elam’s first choice would be to remain at safety.

Obviously, Elam’s nonbinding verbal commitment will not deter other schools from calling, but he said he will stick to his word as long as Meyer is the coach.

“I have my mind set, but I don’t know what I’ll tell them when they call,” Elam said. “What if Urban was to leave? My mind might change.”

Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said he is confident Elam will stand by his choice.

“Everybody wanted a shot at him, but he’s pretty firm when he makes a decision,” Daniels said.

Daniels also said it was only a matter of time before Elam committed to UF.

“He’s been talking about going for a while,” he said. “He knows that’s where he wants to be.”

Elam’s older brother, Abram, played for Meyer at Notre Dame after starring at Cardinal Newman, and now is a cornerback for the New York Jets.

Elam is the first known commitment from the county’s rich junior class. Royal Palm Beach wide receiver Chris Dunkley listed UF, FSU and Georgia as his favorites, and Pahokee receiver De’Joshua Johnson would also be a candidate for early commitment.