Posted: 6:34 pm Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
By Jason Lieser
No matter what he says, the speculation over Matt Elam’s collegiate future will continue until he actually enrolls at either Florida State or Florida. But, for his part, Elam gave a firm, one-word answer when asked today if there is any chance he will de-commit from Florida State and end up with the Gators:
“No,” he said.
Elam, who played linebacker and running back for Dwyer last season, is in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Game is being peppered with questions about a possible re-commitment to Florida.
He said yesterday he will drive to Tallahassee on Sunday and be in class Monday morning. He reiterated that today.
As far as the rumors that he will revert back to his Florida commitment, Elam said he has nothing to do with that discussion.
“Other players are probably telling them that,” Elam said.
Well, it appears Elam is fueling that guessing game just a little. Rivals.com quoted him making these comments:
–On his Monday phone call with Gators coach Urban Meyer: “We were talking about our relationship basically and he told me to have trust, to have trust in him and he asked me a word that really touched me. He said, ‘Do you know what faith means?’ and he told me the definition. It really touched me a lot. It really touched me so my decision might change.”
–On his relationship with Meyer: “I’ve known him for a while. It’s been tough to leave him so I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that.”
–On whether he’s going to ditch Florida State and re-commit to Florida: “I haven’t switched yet.”
A spokesman for the U.S. Army All-American Game released a list of players who have requested the chance to make an announcement during Saturday’s broadcast on NBC and Elam is not among them.
The players expected to announce are: Gabe King, Sharrif Floyd, Latwan Anderson, Victor Hampton, C.J. Mosley, Marquis Flowers, Demetrius Wright and Dior Mathis.
Elam initially committed to Gators midway through his junior year, but dropped Florida after Meyer resigned two weeks ago. Meyer announced the next morning he planned to coach the Gators next season, but Elam was unconvinced.
He committed to Florida State last Thursday, though his mother, Addie Elam-Lewis, said she was disappointed in his choice. Elam-Lewis is in San Antonio with her son this week as he and teammate Gerald Christian, a Florida commit, prepare for Saturday’s game at the Alamodome.
Elam ignored two phone calls from Meyer last week, but said the two spoke yesterday and aired their feelings. In their conversation, Elam said Meyer tried to persuade him to come back to the Gators, but Elam was not interested.
Elam (6-0, 210, No. 1 on The Big Board) is expected to play safety in college.
Elam had 61 tackles, including 15 for negative yardage, at linebacker this year. He rushed for 1,883 yards and 27 touchdowns on 178 attempts in 15 games.
He earned his second straight Lou Groza Player of the Year award for Palm Beach County and was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state.