Posted: 7:13 pm Monday, December 14th, 2009

After Gainesville visit, Matt Elam says he’s a Gator 

By Jason Lieser

Matt Elam’s loved you all along, Florida.

Sure he’s been seeing some other people on the side, like Lane and Bill and Jimbo and Mark, but really, Florida, he loves you most of all.

Elam, a senior for Dwyer, returned from an official visit to Gainesville and said he has firmly decided to uphold his original commitment to the Gators. He intends to graduate in the next few weeks and enroll in January.

Take a good look Gators fans. (Photo courtesy of Matt Elam)

Take a good look Gators fans. (Photo courtesy of Matt Elam)

“I’m solid,” he said. “I’m going to Florida.”

What about everyone else?

“It’s over with,” he said.

And so ends (probably) the long, twisting journey. Elam committed to the Gators in October 2008 and it appears he will end up with them.

The Post‘s Matt Porter reports Elam went on WPTV last night and publicly reaffirmed his commitment to Florida.

Elam (6-0, 210, No. 1 on The Big Board) plays linebacker, safety and running back for the Panthers. He is expected to be a safety at Florida.

Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher stopped by Dwyer last week and Elam said FSU still had a shot at him, but that door seems to be closed now.

In addition to Florida, Elam made official visits to Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia and Florida State.

Elam also said he intends to bring Dwyer CB/WR/KR man Robert Clark with him to Gainesville in January. Clark committed to West Virginia before the season, but recently got offers from Florida and Tennessee. Clark will graduate early, too.