January 7th, 2010 11:49am

Elam decommits from FSU

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If things weren’t crazy enough with the Matt Elam saga, he’s now decommitted from two schools in just under a week’s time. After reneging on his verbal commitment to the Gators last Thursday, Elam told reporters that he was done with recruiting and would be enrolling early at FSU following the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. He was even rejecting Urban Meyer’s phone calls because he was so upset with Meyer’s situation. But that all changed. Once Elam picked up one of Meyer’s calls, everything was normal again for the West Palm Beach Dwyer safety. The two reportedly had an emotional conversation Monday, and two days later Elam decided to open up his recruitment once again.

“I’m decomitting,” Elam said in a text to UGASports, an affiliate of Rivals.com, on Wednesday after being asked if he was still headed to Tallahassee.

“Florida is first for me right now, followed by Georgia and Florida State is third.”

Elam is expected to make his final decision Saturday, during the Army game. The way the Rivals story read, while everyone has pegged Florida as his eventual school of choice, apparently Georgia has made up some ground. I don’t see Georgia ending up with Elam, but he made an interesting point by saying Georgia has six safeties on its roster while Florida and Florida State have eight. Elam has always talked about how he wants to get on the field early in college. … Still, I’m going to go with my gut and say that he’ll end Saturday as a Gator.

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  1. January 7th, 2010 12:09 pm

    Ed,

    I’ll believe it when he enrolls early as a GATOR!

    Las Vegas John

    by John Racek


  2. January 7th, 2010 12:10 pm

    Ed

    Thanks for your reporting enjoy your column/blog each time I open Gatorsports.com . My question I understand it is according to the talent level of each class but could you give us an estimate of how many 4 and 5 stars are in this class and maybe last years for comparison.
    Go Gators and Thanks

    by Robert H. Cato


  3. January 7th, 2010 12:14 pm

    I hope that Elam proves on the field that he is worth the 5 star and the drama that he has trailed along. That is all I have to say about this kid although I don’t fault him on his indecision because committing to a school for the next 4 yrs of your life is not an easy decision to make.

    by GatorChamps73


  4. January 7th, 2010 12:14 pm

    If Matt does commit to the Gatros on Saturday, it will show that Urban Meyer and Florida Continues to be the top program in the Nation. Regardless of what happens this is the place that all young student athelets should aspire to be. This is where they have the best to chance to be all that they can be! Go Gators!!!

    by Gary Warburton


  5. January 7th, 2010 12:19 pm

    Can someone help me out here? I graduated a few years back, but I believe UF classes started yesterday. And drop/add likely ends on Friday. How can he early enroll if he won’t show up til next week at the earliest? How does he take classes?

    by Christopher


  6. January 7th, 2010 12:26 pm

    This guy’s been a superstar in high school and has never been pressed by competition. Rather than running scared of competition, he needs to embrace it to truly push himself.

    by David


  7. January 7th, 2010 12:27 pm

    I am sure these kids go through a lot of pressure trying to decide where to spend the next 4 years of their life. However, Elam sounds like a head case. When did Georgia ever come in the picture? Great if we get him but who cares if we dont.

    by BC


  8. January 7th, 2010 12:29 pm

    Ed, are you still being a Doubting Thomas regarding Coach Meyer’s situation?

    I’m glad Coach is clearing the air with Elam and the others as to what’s currently taking place. Based on the way we’ve managed to convince Elam to re-consider his commitment ot f$u and have retained our verbals to-date, that’s one way of telling me that Coach is intent on coming back to the Gator sidelines later this year and meant what he said after the Sugar Bowl.

    by O-town Gator


  9. January 7th, 2010 12:30 pm

    dear matt
    i think you will be a gator. a great gator. hope to hear that sat at all star game.
    hadon/monroe/anderson/peirre will be gone this year. maybe black/wright also. next year jenkins/wright/black are gone. this years recruits only have findley & evans to beat out. bottom line is that you come & you will play.

    by BUCK


  10. January 7th, 2010 12:34 pm

    O-town: I never said Meyer wouldn’t return … again you and most everyone who read my blog about honesty misunderstood everything I wrote.

    by Edward Aschoff


  11. January 7th, 2010 12:36 pm

    When he shows up to what ever school he attends and all the drama ends what then?????Is he going to have a hard time with not being called and fluffed up constantly by coaches and assistants telling him what he wants to hear?

    by KA


  12. January 7th, 2010 12:36 pm

    This is a step in the right direction for Matt Elam. His de-commitment from FSU definitely, shows Elam’s desires to become a Gator and play for a school that will give him a chance to showcase his abilities and talent on and off the field and more importanly, in the classroom.
    Keep following your heart Matt to come to the place where you belong, The University of Florida!
    GO GATORS!!!

    by HHO


  13. January 7th, 2010 12:39 pm

    Sometimes I wonder if drama queens like Elam are even worth the trouble. If signs with us, fine I guess, but I won’t be sad if he goes to UGA or FSU.

    by Mike Misconi


  14. January 7th, 2010 12:47 pm

    He is a young man prone to be irrational at times. No different than any of us ever was. If he shows up on campus, great! If not I wish him well.

    by Neil Cain


  15. January 7th, 2010 1:04 pm

    I think that Coach Meyer should have kept his mouth shut about quitting until after signing day! He caused all this controversy

    by gatorfan09


  16. January 7th, 2010 1:10 pm

    How about a seven day morotorium on stories about Matt Elam. Recruiting season gets more silly each year.

    by Stephen


  17. January 7th, 2010 1:19 pm

    Hey, the drama is OK, it makes for some interesting reading form now until signing day. Keep up the good work Ed.

    by Gary Warburton


  18. January 7th, 2010 1:24 pm

    Ed, quick question. I know that the SEC limit for a class is 25 spots. However when I was browsing rivals.com I noticed that Auburn had 27 commits. Do they have to lose kids or is there a way around this limit that some teams are using and the Gators can use as well?

    by TJ Krickovich


  19. January 7th, 2010 1:48 pm

    Matt:

    Be a Gator! We need you and we want you! Come play with the best and also get the best education there is! Make us proud and join the Gator Nation family. Go Gators!

    by QOP Gator


  20. January 7th, 2010 2:19 pm

    TJ – I thought the limit was 28 with 3 or more applying towards last years class if they are EEs. Not sure I’m right, but that’s what I remember.

    by Bobtgator


  21. January 7th, 2010 2:29 pm

    I’m amped up for the Army game announcements this Saturday. With Powell and Floyd making their choices and Elam supposedly finalizing his once again, the Gators have a chance to make a HUGE splash. Hopefully, all 3 decide to come our way, but I’m not greedy. I’ll settle for two, one even. LOL

    by Tim Tracy


  22. January 7th, 2010 2:29 pm

    Who cares how many safeties are on the roster. Compete!!!! Don’t avoid the competition, beat them out. If you have more talent than the next guy you will start regardless. I really don’t care if we get this kid.
    GO GATORS!!!!!

    by Chuck


  23. January 7th, 2010 2:39 pm

    Thanks for decommiting to FSU, we have enough drama.
    Good luck with this one Florida!

    by True Seminole 22


  24. January 7th, 2010 2:56 pm

    Two of Elam’s siblings were murdered. Maybe that explains some of his indesion.

    by David


  25. January 7th, 2010 3:00 pm

    Christopher, I am sure Urban Meyer can extend drop/add as long as he wants to. Did you not take Theatre Appreciation with all those guys?

    by Adam


  26. January 7th, 2010 3:11 pm

    WHO CARES!!!!

    by suwanneegator


  27. January 7th, 2010 3:39 pm

    TJ Krickovich-
    If AU undersigned last years class, they can do Early Enroll & count them towards that last class, up to their 25.
    Also, if they know a guy isn’t going to Academically qualify, they can sign & Greyshirt for the next class. He does have to sign again, so has to be re-recruited. I’m not sure if this(GS) counts against the 25 or not, though. Ed?

    by Galloway1520


  28. January 7th, 2010 4:03 pm

    Is he even worht the trouble. Haden wasn’t even a defensive player, and look where he is now. Elam, will only cause trouble end up transfering, etc. The Gators don’t need shuch player, regardless of how good they were in HS. This is the big time boys!

    by julio quintana


  29. January 7th, 2010 4:30 pm

    Drop/Add at UF ends on Monday the 11th of January so Matt can still enroll until the end of Monday. Gator!!!!!!

    by Steve


  30. January 7th, 2010 5:00 pm

    Let the kid make his decision.

    Personally, I hope he ends up in Hogtown. Urban would be very good for the kid.

    I wish him peace with his decision and the best of luck regardless of his choice!

    Go Gators.

    by Jim G.


  31. January 7th, 2010 5:05 pm

    I do not trust Matt Elam one bit. If he comes he comes, if he doesn’t he doesn’t. Gator Nation is too big to worry about one 5 star player.

    by GatorAvatar


  32. January 7th, 2010 5:56 pm

    Well said Jim G,!

    by ngamtngator


  33. January 7th, 2010 6:28 pm

    A high profile player gets plenty of media pressure for an instant response to a chaotic Florida picture painted by the same media. In the end it looks like the kid will be impressed with some Gator Cornerbacks going pro. Also doesn’t hurt to see who just got Rookie of the Year in the NFL.

    Looking forward to another strong recruiting class that fits the Gators. In the guessing game it looks like Elam is a Gator.

    by g growl


  34. January 7th, 2010 6:32 pm

    He will be a Nole, sorry Crocs.

    by teddy


  35. January 7th, 2010 6:38 pm

    i think this kid is waist of time, and if he comes here and becomes a 4 year bench player then all of this was for nothing.

    by gottaproveme


  36. January 7th, 2010 6:50 pm

    Not really sure he is worth all the trouble. If he doesnt get to play right away he will probably transfer anyhow.

    by Dan Dixon


  37. January 7th, 2010 7:19 pm

    Ed,

    I am a member with Gator Country, but I always check back with Gators Sports and the Scout Leader to get the scoop. This story is hotter than a pan-fish in a skillet, so any and all nuggets of this saga is good stuff. Keep ‘em coming. Thanks for the updates and keep up the good work.

    by rhrjr2002


  38. January 7th, 2010 7:20 pm

    i knew he would come to gville ! if he wants to win championships he’ll come on home to titletown ! if his remarks don’t tell you something then your crazy.now all of a sudden fsu is 3rd, come on .he will be in gville and evryone will see how good this kid really is.go gators !

    by collazo


  39. January 7th, 2010 7:40 pm

    Well than since we undersigned last year with only 17 recruits. Than theoretically we can sign 28 this year because we have early enrollments?

    by TJ Krickovich


  40. January 7th, 2010 7:58 pm

    He should make the best decision for him and his family. I love FSU, but what is use if wants to be somewhere else?

    by Tom


  41. January 7th, 2010 7:58 pm

    Ed, this is a classic case of why we need an early signing period for football. That way you seperate the men from the boys. Everyone would benefit because it would end alot of these “non commitable” offers these schools make and also give the players peace of mind that they have a scholarship in hand and it would end most of this kind of nonsense where schools have to keep recruiting even commited players.

    by TampaDave


  42. January 7th, 2010 11:22 pm

    all i want to say is jonathan dowling, enough said….

    by dabo244


  43. January 7th, 2010 11:23 pm

    How will the new DC play on our recruiting hopefuls? Will NFL pedigree help land the last few defensive whales ?

    by KA


  44. January 7th, 2010 11:24 pm

    How credible is ANYTHING coming from a soccer playing GATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by FREDGARVIN


  45. January 7th, 2010 11:34 pm

    this guy need to make up his freaking mind!!! like he would even get a lot of playing time on florida

    by fsu1


  46. January 8th, 2010 10:34 am

    There are more good players out there. We don’t need this type of person. Let him go.

    by T.C. Gant


  47. January 8th, 2010 11:48 am

    To GatorFan09:

    I completely agree with you. I wish Urban had kept his mouth shut also. However, I don’t know all the facts nor do I care to. But, I can imagine that Urban and his wife were stared almost to death that he may be having a heart attack and that he might DIE. I don’t know how old you are because death, your death, may be just an abstract thought in youth. But I can only imagine how terrifying it must have been. Now that the mood is set–I also think when he made that statement about resigning it was to his family and those close to him. I don’t think he ever intended for it to get out until he was ready for it to. I have a feeling he was outed by someone who overheard, that has no ethics, and needed to feel important. It was a private statement made in ‘private’. I’m sure the paramedics may have overheard some strong, emotional comments also; but they didn’t blab it.

    Just like anything else, let’s not be so quick to judge. He may not have actually made the statement publicly. He may have just been responding to it being made public.

    But I do think he should have definitely made crystal clear the circumstances and his future. But even if he had done it the next day, I think Elam had already changed his mind. Huh, kids?

    by Swampthing


  48. January 8th, 2010 12:04 pm

    THTS THE PROBLEM WTH THESE KIDS NOW DAYS,HVENT PLAYED ONE DOWN IN THE SEC”AND THNKS HE’S SOME TYPE OF SUPERSTAR! PLEASE I BEG OF U URBAN’”LET HIM GO TO THE DOGS OR FSU”…PLEASE!!!

    by BIGG SHORTY


  49. January 8th, 2010 4:01 pm

    Bottom line is that Matt is a young person asked to make one of the most critical calls of his life. I empathize with him because I have also had to make some decisions that were hard, including where to attend college. At last he’s honest enough to not hide his conflicting feelings in a whirlind of pressure from major college coaches.

    All this 4 and 5 star stuff is overrated anyway because it in NO way measures a young person’s heart. If it did no way Appalchian State could have beaten all those star players at Michigan, or USF could have beaten all the stars at FSU.
    AND how many 3, 4, and 5 star players are busts in college football. Again, no measure of heart or team committment, just statistical individual numbers.

    Wherever Matt goes I hope that his heart is a 5 star committ to his choice of university. Whatever he decides will be the right choice. And there is more to life than football. TAKE CARE OF THE OTHER PARTS AND WINNING WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.

    Go Gators!!

    by Paul


  50. January 8th, 2010 8:19 pm

    Honesty is the backbone of ethics. I think that it is unethical for a coach to wait until after signing day to reveal that he is going to resign, take a leave of absence, transfer to another university or the NFL until after signing day. How would you; or perhaps one of your children,like to be treated? Don’t forget that these recruits are making a commitment that has long term ramifications.

    For those of you who say that a recruit is signing on for the program has some truth, but the leader of the program manners. Just take a look at the program under Spurrrier, Zuck and Myers-big difference-right!

    Ervin Myers is getting his priorities right and so far has been ethical in the process.
    Greg

    by Greg


  51. January 11th, 2010 1:57 pm

    Who that hell is Ervin Myers?

    by Marc


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