Posted: 1:31 pm Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Matt Elam, Gerald Christian reaffirm commitments to Florida 

By Jason Lieser

Surprisingly, Matt Elam and Gerald Christian have not been fielding many recruiting phone calls lately.

Unlike many players, Elam and Christian both said they have not heard from many college coaches since they committed to the Florida Gators.

“My phone hasn’t been ringing at all,” Elam said. “I appreciate it. I’m locked in so it doesn’t really matter.”

Elam committed to Florida as a junior, and Christian did so during the recent off-season. Both players are on track to graduate after one more semester and plan to enroll at UF in January.





“Since I committed, a lot of people stopped calling me,” Christian said. “There’s still a couple of them, but not many. I’m happy about it.”

Still a couple of them? Anybody want to guess one of the teams that keeps trying to pry Christian from the Gators?

Any chance it could it be Tennessee?

“Yeah, they’re still calling,” Christian said. “But I’m Florida. I’m signing.”

Pahokee’s Nu’Keese Richardson said the same thing last year, and commitments are nonbinding at this point, but it seems very unlikely either of these players will change their minds.

Christian (6-3, 230) starred at linebacker, and played offense as well, for Dwyer last year. He was all-area and second team all-state.

Elam (6-0, 210, 4.45 in the 40-yard dash) was the Post‘s big schools defensive Player of the Year last season. He expects to start at running back and middle linebacker for the Panthers this season, but will play a variety of positions. He is projected as a defensive back at the college level.

Elam is No. 1 and Christian is No. 4 on The Big Board.

We’ll keep checking in with these two periodically, as well as the other early commits. At this point, at least 19 local players from the 2010 class have committed to scholarships, but none of them are locked in until they sign.