January 5th, 2010 06:59pm

Elam rethinking FSU commitment


Days after switching his allegiance from Florida to Florida State, it appears Matt Elam is yet again rethinking his commitment.

The West Palm Beach Dwyer safety took Gator fans and coaches on a wild ride that figured to have ended last week when he decommitted from the Gators and decided to take his game to Tallahassee. Rivals.com first broke the story Tuesday while at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices that Elam had a long and emotional conversation with Florida coach Urban Meyer on Monday night. Elam had actually cut all communication with Meyer but is now having a change of heart.

The five-star prospect was all set to enroll early at FSU and even said Florida had no chance of getting back into the race. But this is Matt Elam we’re talking about. The journey is never over.

“I talked to Urban last night,” Elam told Rivals. “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.”

It’s the relationship with Meyer that had kept Elam committed to Florida for so long, despite being upset at the high number of defensive backs the Gators were recruiting and bringing into this class. It’s also the reason why Florida has got a great chance of landing Elam — again.

“I’ve known him for a while,” Elam said. “It’s been tough to leave him so I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that.”

Elam told Rivals he is planning to make a final decision during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. This could very well be the end of the Matt Elam saga as we know it …

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  1. January 5th, 2010 7:44 pm

    This guy is killing me, but if he wants to jump on the Gator train again, I say bring it Matt!!!! It will be the best decision you ever make in your life if you do come to Florida.

    by Travis Smith

  2. January 5th, 2010 7:54 pm

    Going to FSU so he can play is the wrong reason. He needs to be in a situation where he is forced to strive to improve in order to play. Then he’ll be ready for the NFL. He needs someone to instill decisiveness & leadership in him! Go Gators!

    by gatormiami

  3. January 5th, 2010 8:46 pm

    Hopefully he’ll fight the pull of the dark side of the force (FSU) and be a Gator!

    by gatorman770

  4. January 5th, 2010 8:53 pm

    I think this guy is just an attention hound and he and FSU deserve one another. On top of all the wavering, he continuously refers to Meyer as “Urban” which I think is disrespectful and he is “upset” at the number of defensive backs Florida recruited? So he thinks Florida should just recruit him and if they dare recruit others, he gets mad and thats part of his decision to back out of his “commitment”? What a self centered arrogant jerk! Maybe Urban should have told him what the definition of COMMITMENT is instead of defining faith for him. Im so tired of these high school punks who have been told they are so great in high school trying to manipulate big time college programs. I WISH he goes to FSU. PLEASE, PLEASE go to FSU!

    by L.T.

  5. January 5th, 2010 9:05 pm

    how sick is meyer? now he’s using “faith” to lure players to watch him crack up again next year. sick, yes really sick.

    by john deleo

  6. January 5th, 2010 9:13 pm

    I hope he comes back but if not I hope he starts for the Noles and sees the difference quickly between UF and FSU. I really wish he would commit because he wants to be a Gator and not a Meyer. Either way I wish him luck and hold no ill will toward the kid.

    by dpbarnett

  7. January 5th, 2010 9:24 pm

    Hah, its obvious, he tipped his hand; in fact it all makes sense now, Matt Elam loves UF, and UF owns his heart. When all is said and done he will follow his heart.

    by Mike A

  8. January 5th, 2010 9:46 pm

    How will he learn “decisiveness” with Urban at the helm? Have you been paying attention to the soap opera he’s initiated? Roll Tide.

    by Dave Linvale

  9. January 5th, 2010 9:50 pm

    According to the Book of Hebrews, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (That may not be a direct quote, but it’s how I remember it from Sunday School.) All I can say is, if Urban pulls on that heart string and then isn’t able to return to the head coaching spot in the fall he is the LOWEST of the LOW.

    by Dave Linvale

  10. January 5th, 2010 11:00 pm

    Matt, you have known Coach Meyer for a long time. He asked you to have faith/trust in him that he will make the changes he needs to in order to return in due time as the UF head coach. In fact, today a new coach was hired who will coach special teams. Be patient, be rational, and trust a Coach whom you have known for many years.

    by Dianne Thornburgh

  11. January 5th, 2010 11:02 pm

    If Elam is conflicted on whether to be a GATOR or be a Seminole than he should go to FSU. If you aren’t 100% GATOR than we don’t want or need you. Only real GATORS need to apply.

    by Ralph Paine

  12. January 5th, 2010 11:22 pm

    Hey Linvale, you have the ‘lowest of the low” of coaches and you’re giving Urban Meyer a hard time? Get real you jerk.

    by Jim Meso

  13. January 5th, 2010 11:29 pm

    Brother Dave…definition of Heb. is correct…now apply it because Heb.11:6 is the key to an intimate relationship with Abba God

    by James DeWitt

  14. January 5th, 2010 11:30 pm

    I love it. Corch Erving Meyers talking about “faith”. That’s actually pretty funny. Considering his so-called sickness and sudden change of heart after a “spirited” practice. What a joke. I hope you Gators do get this guy. You deserve each other.

    by Mike R

  15. January 5th, 2010 11:49 pm

    Urban is clearly not comming back. If his health prblems were not much worse than he’s letting on why would he announce when he did? Also Im sorry you dont drop 20 pounds in weeks to non threatening health problems. I wish Urb the best however missleading these young men about their future is just wrong. Also as further proof the position coaches also seem to know Urb wont be back, why else would the be leaving so hastely.

    by Really

  16. January 5th, 2010 11:57 pm

    I think if Matt Elam wants to come back to UF that is great with me and all of Gator Nation! We can continue to get almost all of the great players available and continue to dominate going forward!

    by Bradley C

  17. January 6th, 2010 1:05 am

    It’s kind of like in business. Old axiems like “It’s almost as good as a Zerox”, would pertain to the Noles being almost as good….uh not reallly and were are Zerox. Or, We are Hertz and they are and always will be no better than Avis. We will be fine with him and will be fine without him and that is the only fact in this particular case.

    by Don C

  18. January 6th, 2010 1:10 am

    All u Gator Haters relax! Coach Meyer is a Class Act. Matt Elam is a teenager having second thoughts on one of the hardest choices of his young life. who hasen’t been there before?

    by Nick Konstand

  19. January 6th, 2010 1:32 am

    Yo Matt,

    I sincerely wish you the best in your college career and think that not only Urban, but the entire Florida Gator network (coaches, alumni, and fans across the world will support your goals and present you with the best program, conference, facilities, and wisdom that any school in the country (world!) can provide. Make the right decision and the smartest one you will ever make and become a part of the Gator Nation! You will never forget and will always cherish these next few years of your life if you’re ready to work HARD!

    Peace out ~

    by Michael

  20. January 6th, 2010 3:58 am

    Kid sounds like a head case, but it truly is such a huge decision being made in uncertain times. I struggle for weeks with audio gear purchases.

    Why anyone who could be a star at UF would go to FSU is way beyond me. Bizarre.

    by Nazzman

  21. January 6th, 2010 5:29 am

    Matt, Have you noticed the family atmosphere at the UofF ? We are not just football, we are a community. The other place ? Not so much. Hopefully, you will be able to play in the NFL, but it is not guaranteed. Get a degree from the UofF and you will have at least 200,000 brothers and sisters.

    by roy schick

  22. January 6th, 2010 8:18 am

    Elam is a 17-year-old kid. However, he sounds like many of the athletes we’ve seen in the past who waver during this recruting period, commit to the Gators and after a year, transfer because they are not playing. Not interested. We need guys like Riley Cooper, who waited his turn and had an awesome junior and senior campaign. What happened to those guys?

    by GatorFaithful

  23. January 6th, 2010 8:27 am

    Dave Linvale is a dumb ass if he thinks Saban is where committment is. Goes from job to job, next he will be working for Jerry Jones. Never thought I would say this but “Hook em Horns”

    by Ken Frier

  24. January 6th, 2010 9:01 am

    If Meyer wants Elam, I’m fine with it. However, Meyer should make it clear to Elam that if he doesn’t like Meyer persuing other Safeties, he can walk. Elam’s decommitment lost him the luxury (Meyer’s trust) to demand to be the lone UF Safety recruit.

    by cggater

  25. January 6th, 2010 9:07 am

    When it comes theses highly regarded high school athletes and their publicity stunts to get media attention, I don’t care for it. Either you’re a frigging Gator or you’re not! If not, then shut up and go wherever it is that you think will give you enough attention to massage your ego. I don’t care if Matt Elam comes to UF or not. I have a gut feeling they’ll be better off without having to deal with one less prima donna high school punk. I’d rather have a 3 star who loves UF and works his butt off to get better than some 5 star superhero who’s dreaming about NFL riches before he’s even out of HS. Elam could be the next NuKeese Richardson for all we really know and I’d rather have him holding up a 7-11 in Tallahassee than one in Gainesville. The Gators will be in good shape with or without Matt Elam. Don’t worry about it.

    by GatorJay

  26. January 6th, 2010 9:20 am

    What did one Nole say to the other…..wish we could’ve gottin’ in to UF….what did one Cane say to the other….wish we could’ve gottin’ in anywhere…..GO GATORS!!!

    by Steve

  27. January 6th, 2010 9:48 am

    Ed, I know this kid has tremendous talent, saw him play in the high school championship game. But my honest question is if after a season that was filled with drama, do we really need to bring in a drama queen??? I hope I’m wrong but Matt just seems like a bit of a “me” guy. I think it’s good to have confidence in your ability but when you come in like you’re T.O. I dont think it is good for the team concept. If Matt truly has it in his heart that he wants to be a Florida Gator, then welcome Mr. Elam!! But if where he REALLY wants to go is to the University of Matt Elam and it’s all about him…then I say go be a Seminole, because that’s where you belong and will fit in best.

    by TampaDave

  28. January 6th, 2010 10:22 am

    Matt is a teenager conflicted about where to play. He’s kinda of standing back and waiting to be sold, or at least trying to gain enough time and information to figure it out on his own. Like all other recruits he’s never had to weigh so many variables about his first really big decision in life. Ultimately, Meyer understands this when he asks him to have faith and to trust him. None of these kids know how things will unfold in college and really, all they can rely on is that the coach does have the kid’s best interest at stake. I think that’s where Urban is coming from; he understands you’ve got to speak to the guy’s heart. He’s way ahead of the recruiting process because he gets that. Coach Meyer has always been “the man who delivers the goods”. Look at the vast majority of players and coaches who’ve benefited and gotten bigger opportunities from being around the guy.

    by Florida frankie

  29. January 6th, 2010 10:35 am

    Hey Dave “Roll Tide” Linvale…you seem to have a very short memory about head football coaches starting soap operas. Does the name Mike Price ring a bell??

    by jrobbins

  30. January 6th, 2010 10:42 am

    I think in the end Matt Elam will decide for UF because he wants to play with the best of the best.

    by Stephen

  31. January 6th, 2010 11:00 am


    If you want to be the best, come play with the best. Faith is about trust. Trust that being a Gator will create relationships and provide the experiences that will last a lifetime!

    by QOP Gator

  32. January 6th, 2010 11:03 am

    matt elam you need to be apart of the football renisance thats is going on at Florida State

    by Mark P

  33. January 6th, 2010 11:17 am

    if he does’t come because of the abundance of competition,let him go to F.S.U. If he believes in Urban, nothing should stop him from coming to Florida

    by alan gorodn

  34. January 6th, 2010 11:18 am

    hope meyer does not become a jack leg preacher like bobby.bowden.watch out for these “praise the lord and hallelujah “guys.Please leave god and faith out of this recruiting lying and bull mess. Rod in mobile al. GO GATORS!

    by rod Kennedy

  35. January 6th, 2010 11:32 am

    A large number of recent recruits, when asked what was the deciding factor in their final choice of schools, answered with some form of ” they showed me the most love”. That’s a great way to pick a puppy from the litter, but not so much for choosing a college. In the end, these are the players most likely to drop out or transfer when school starts, and reality sets in as they no longer feel all that “love” they so highly valued. Elam appears to be one of these guys, looking only for the short term “love and attention”, without looking down the road at their future. By the way, this includes even those recruits who choose UF for the same reason. You can’t build a succesful team around these guys.

    Maybe some day, we’ll see a high profile recruit answer this same question by saying “they showed me their library, computer lab and class rooms”. That would be a hoot.

    by Carolina Gator

  36. January 6th, 2010 11:40 am

    First of all, who let all the trolls in?

    FWIW, I’m glad that Elam finally gave in and listened to what Coach Meyer told him. Meyer puts emphasis on relationships that he establishes and builds with others, and as it see it, Elam jumping ship to that school out west was not only jumping the gun on his part, it was making a decision in haste without weighing all the variables and breaking down that relationship he built with Meyer as he admitted he’s known Coach “for a while”.

    Sorry trolls, but Coach Meyer will be back on the Gator sidelines in the future. So much for all your wishful thinking……

    by O-town Gator

  37. January 6th, 2010 11:50 am

    “I will NOT be the next head coach at the University of Alabama”. – Nick Saban

    Now thats someone you can have “faith” in. LOL

    by L.T.

  38. January 6th, 2010 11:57 am

    All has been said and done.If you want to be the best, you have to be a Gator and beat the best. If he comes to our camp, good. But enough has been said and done.Let him carry the rock.

    by Rotag49

  39. January 6th, 2010 12:00 pm

    It’s coach, not Corch and it’s Urban…..wait never mind , pointless

    by mike

  40. January 6th, 2010 12:38 pm

    I like the fact that the Gators are back in the running for Elam; This is a big decision and Elam is probably enjoying the attention – and who wouldn’t? It’s nice to be wanted. I hope Elam picks Florida, and we will find out for sure on signing day (if not before)

    by Gary

  41. January 6th, 2010 12:40 pm

    If Elam is worried about competition than FSU is his place, none inn practice or games. Having Bowden leaving, firing all their position coaches, Mickey leaving and probation seem a little more of a problem then Meyer recovering!!!!

    by suwanneegator

  42. January 6th, 2010 1:13 pm

    Matt Elam,
    FSU is a school i trouble right now with NCAA sanctions coming their way. Too much of a risk to take considering that your education and future as an NFL player are in play.
    Even in the event that Coach Meyer may take some time to come back, the system at UF is in place and is a proven winner. Coach Addazzio did a good job mixing the plays as the offensive coordinator in the Sugar Bowl so we should still be good. Besides Meyer said he is coming back.
    Everybody has the right to change his/her heart in a decision making situation.
    Follow your gut instinct and choose UF. You won’t regret it.

    by HHO

  43. January 6th, 2010 2:28 pm

    “Going to FSU so he can play is the wrong reason. He needs to be in a situation where he is forced to strive to improve in order to play. Then he’ll be ready for the NFL. He needs someone to instill decisiveness & leadership in him”

    You can’t say it any better than this. Matt, you have no idea what competition is till you get to the NFL, please contact Reggie Nelson.

    by Carty Seay

  44. January 6th, 2010 2:37 pm

    This kids a joke! UF doesn’t need players like him. Someone will step up. We can all obviously tell that he thinks this is all about him. I truely hope he does go to FSU! plz plz go!!!! So then we can watch him pitch a fit on the sidelines while Florida routs FSU! what is it 6 in a row. I’m losing count. Soon we’ll be able to treat nole fans like bulldogs!!!! GGGOOOOOOOO GATORRRRSSSSS!!!!!!

    by Austin Hornsby

  45. January 6th, 2010 2:38 pm

    U don’t know that the hell ur talking about. Bowden and andrews are retiring but we are not firing our position coaches. We already got a new hc and dc. Get ur facts straight.

    by suwanneegatorisadumbshit

  46. January 6th, 2010 3:17 pm

    Matt: pick outstanding leaders in your community and find out where they went to college.Out of every one seminole there will be 4 Gators. Why? Quality rules.

    by Billy Smith

  47. January 6th, 2010 4:13 pm

    At this point, I could take or leave this guy. I’ve seen him play on Friday nights and he does great against these high school kids, but I’m sure we have five or six guys on the roster already better than this guy ever will be. Go to FSU and lose to the Gators the next four years.

    by Matt

  48. January 6th, 2010 4:15 pm

    come on people! we DO want this kid , no matter how much drama he’s causing right now.it’s a hard decision,u can’t blame him he wants to make the right choice.(as would u).But MATT you would be crazy not to come to gville! as the song goes ‘the girls r the fairest’ and their the most beautiful girls in the world ! why would u not want to come to a CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ? suck it up and enroll now ,you might be able to find your way on the field come september.

    by collazo

  49. January 6th, 2010 4:42 pm

    Make it simple, ask God, and let him lead you the right way

    by Dee

  50. January 6th, 2010 5:42 pm

    I’m with L.T.on this one.

    by 1974gator

  51. January 6th, 2010 5:49 pm

    First of all everyone here either hating on or calling an 18 yr od kid a “head case” are forgetting something…HE IS 18YRS OLD. He can basically go to any school he wants. Maybe he should have waited to make any committment before deciding but it is his right to do so until signing day. Sounds to me like you Gator fans are getting nervous with the mass exodus of players following Timmy Terrific and the eye poker to the NFL and most of the Gator Coaching staff jumping ship not to mention Mr. Drama Queen himself Urban Meyer. who can`t figure out if his family or football are more important. Elam is a bonafide talent, once his commitment is made, he knows he has to live with it for 3-4yrs so of course he is trying to be careful and weigh his options.

    by Get Real

  52. January 6th, 2010 5:56 pm

    Funny, when he switched his commitment from FSU to UF, Gator Nation was saying some pretty nasty stuff about this kid (gatorbait.net). I mean like REAL nasty comments, 4 letter words, comments about his family, etc.

    My how Gator nation has changed their tune, now that the kid seems to have caught Donovan-Meyer flip flop disease

    by CASeminole

  53. January 6th, 2010 6:36 pm

    Dave Linvale – you should keep in mind that many of your comments about Meyer are eerily similar to those made about Saban when he left the Dolphins.

    by JLinz

  54. January 6th, 2010 8:50 pm


    by kdale

  55. January 6th, 2010 9:13 pm

    No, U need to get YOUR facts straight. FIRED: Chuck Amato (linebackers), Jody Allen (defensive ends) and Dexter Carter (running backs).

    Here’s an excerpt from the Orlando Sentinel that might refresh your memory, if you have one:

    Craig has coached quarterbacks and receivers during his career but it’s unclear what position he will coach at FSU. Fisher, who informed three of the Seminoles’ position coaches they would not be retained, has now hired three assistant coaches, including Arizona’s Mark Stoops. He’ll be FSU’s defensive coordinator.

    by Bubba

  56. January 6th, 2010 9:14 pm

    I was at the Orange Bowl last night and Dwyer and all the other State champs were at the game. On the deck I ran into some of the Dwyer kids wth their jerseys on and I asked why Elam left the Gators. 2 of the guys I talked to said they felt Elam was gonna recommit to the Gators…Take it for what it’s worth

    by Erik

  57. January 6th, 2010 10:24 pm

    This kid can’t make up his mind and make a decision, he should stay with the Noles. His heart is not a Gator one!

    by SparkyGator

  58. January 7th, 2010 3:35 am



  59. January 7th, 2010 10:35 am

    It seems to me that going to FSU at this point in FSU’s football life cycle would be to commit football-career suicide, or very risk at best. FSU has been on a downward slippery slope for a number of years and hasn’t come close to indicating that things are turning around. However, everything Urban Meyer has every touched has been an incredible success. If I were a highly sought after recruit I would still choose Florida over FSU, and if not Florida I would choose Alabama or Texas.

    by Jack49

  60. January 7th, 2010 11:40 am

    For the FSU genius who was just saying that position coaches werent fired, Id advise you to follow your program a little more carefully instead of coming on here talking trash. Dexter Carter, Todd Stroud, Chuck Amato and Jody Allen were all let go of. And theres rumors Odell Hagins may be leaving because of friction with Fisher. Thats the problem with FSU fans, low intelligence and loud mouths.

    by L.T.

  61. January 7th, 2010 1:00 pm

    Im not leaving Bowling Green, Im not leaving Utah. and thats the TRUTH and you can have FAITH in my words because I only speak the TRUTH. I have never lied to anyone as you can see that I am no longer the coach at the University of Florida. I have always stayed where I said that I would stay.

    by Urban Meyer

  62. January 7th, 2010 2:20 pm

    Go to Florida with no Tebow scheme and your on a losing team. It’s Florida’s turn to feel what Miami and FSU have been going through the past several years. The tide has turned, the power is back in Tallahassee and Miami. These will be Florida’s off years. Go to a contender, be a NOLE! Gators are rebuilding and have got no where to go but down, big time down.

    by Joe

  63. January 7th, 2010 2:28 pm

    Also, look at his film on ESPN’s recruiting page. Not all that impressive. He played middle linebacker in High School and now he’s listed as an athlete? He’s going to line up wide on some of the nations top WR’s and cover them? Maybe he will be good, I’m thinking whichever school does not get him, it might me a blessing in disguise.

    by Joe

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