Posted: 4:25 pm Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
By Jason Lieser
The Matt Elam saga sounds like it will drag out until at least Saturday.
Elam, the Dwyer star who changed his longstanding college commitment from Florida to Florida State last week, now sounds like he is reconsidering a scholarship offer from the Gators.
“Only Matt and Jesus know,” his mother, Addie Elam-Lewis said. “Trust me, he’s not confused.
“It’s difficult for him, but on the other hand, he’s having fun with all the attention.”
Several people close to Elam said he will indicate his final choice during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Saturday. Dwyer linebacker Gerald Christian, who is committed to play tight end for the Gators, is playing in the game, too. It is scheduled to air live on NBC at 1 p.m.
Elam (6-0, 210, No. 1 on The Big Board) denied any change in his commitment Tuesday and said he is not announcing anything during Saturday’s broadcast. A spokesperson for the game said Elam is not on the list of players who have requested airtime for an announcement.
He fueled speculation about switching back to Florida by telling Rivals.com, among other things, “my decision might change.”
When asked Tuesday if there was any chance he would be a Gator, Elam told the Palm Beach Post, “No,” and added that he will be in class Monday morning in Tallahassee.
Elam-Lewis and Dwyer coach Jack Daniels are scheduled to fly to San Antonio on Thursday. Elam-Lewis said last week she was disappointed when her son dropped Florida for the Seminoles, but reiterated that she supports his decision.
Daniels and Elam-Lewis each said they expect Elam to make his choice known during the game, but neither seemed to know what will happen. Elam’s former Dwyer teammates are eager to find out, too.
“I just have to watch the game Saturday and see what he’s going to do,” said Robert Clark, who is committed to the Gators. “He’s tricky. We had a conversation (Tuesday) and he said it’s 50-50 right now.”
Daniels said Elam has not informed him of any changes to his commitment.
Elam committed to the Gators in October 2008, predicated largely on his decade-long relationship with coach Urban Meyer.
Meyer announced his resignation Dec. 26, but backtracked the next day and said he planned to coach Florida this fall. Elam said last week he was unconvinced by Meyer’s return and declined two phone calls from the coach.
Elam had a change of heart Monday, however, when he and Meyer had a heartfelt phone conversation. Elam said they reconciled some issues but he rebuffed Meyer’s attempt to sway him back to the Gators.
“Now that Coach Meyer’s back in the mix, he’s torn again,” Daniels said. “It sounds to me like Matt is still going to go to Florida State, but other people are saying other things.
“You could say he was doing it for the attention, but now the kid is confused. He likes both schools a lot. He’s having a hard time.”
Elam would be a prized signee for either program. He is one of the most decorated football players in Palm Beach County history and has been recruited by elite teams nationwide.
Last month, he won his second straight Lou Groza Player of the Year award and was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state.
He rushed for 1,883 yards and 27 touchdowns and posted 61 tackles at linebacker last season while leading Dwyer to its first state championship.