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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Elam Chooses In-State Kentucky

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxKentucky received the news it had been waiting for on Thursday when defensive tackle Matt Elam from John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Ky., announced his commitment to the Wildcats.

Elam chose Kentucky over Alabama.

“The whole time I was just struggling to pick a school,” he said, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. “It’s hard to turn down Alabama, and it’s crazy that I did. But I feel my heart is at the University of Kentucky — that was the main thing.”

Elam became a main target for Kentucky’s coaching staff early in the recruiting process. The Wildcats knew keeping him from leaving the state would be difficult.

“Coach Stoops is doing something right,” John Hardin coach Chad Lewis told the Herald Leader. “He can’t build this program in one year. The way the program was … it was on a downhill slide.

“It’s going to take some time to rebuild it. The way to rebuild a program is to recruit the best players, and you have to go after the best players. When you land these type of kids, your program’s going to change.”

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has certainly helped improve the Wildcats’ recruiting. Kentucky has 27 commitments for the 2014 class, which is ranked No. 13 in the nation by Rivals.com.

Elam’s commitment means Kentucky has landed three of the state’s top five prospects for 2014. He believes that will be a key in Stoops’ attempt to turn the program around.

“I feel like that’s one of the main reasons why I stayed is just to help out my home-state program, because to have a good program you need great players,” Elam said. “And it has to start with those in-state kids just to be the cornerstone of that. So I feel like me and Drew, we stayed home, and I feel like we’re definitely gonna help out Coach Stoops and the UK program.”

 

Humphrey chooses Alabama

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey from Hoover (Ala.) High School announced his commitment to Alabama this week.

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Recruit: Ole Miss Has ‘KKK Marches Every Month’

Don’t expect Marlon Humphrey to sign with Ole Miss.

The highly-touted cornerback from Hoover (Ala.) High School posted a tweet Monday that “Ole Miss was racist haha.”

The tweet, which he wrote was based on a trip to Oxford he took with his brother, quickly received plenty of attention. Humphrey then clarified his statement.

Humphrey went on to interact with several people on the subject, including Ole Miss fans who weren’t happy with his comments.

Humphrey is ranked the nation’s No. 3 cornerback by Rivals.com. His father, Bobby Humphrey, played running back at Alabama from 1984-87.

Marlon Humphrey told Rivals last week he’s nowhere close to making a decision. He said Alabama, South Carolina and Florida State are certain to receive official visits with Mississippi State and Oregon being other possibilities.

Humphrey will be sure to receive even more attention following his twitter activity on Monday. And Ole Miss will likely face questions about what recruits might experience when they visit Oxford.

Racism, by the way, wasn’t the only controversial topic Humphrey weighed in on Monday.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 4/2/13

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Georgia received a commitment from defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, one of the top in-state prospects.

2. Florida had a busy month on the recruiting trail in the month of March.

3. Many recruits are switching their commitments these days. A few college coaches discussed the trend.

4. Alabama is one of four teams being considered by Las Vegas running back Nathan Starks.

5. Highly-touted cornerback Marlon Humphrey is also considering Alabama. He recently visited Tuscaloosa.

6. Here are the top five linebacker targets for Auburn in the 2014 class.

7. Mississippi State’s message to linebacker Michael Ferns: “You’re a baller.”

8. Running back Markel Smith from St. Louis is no longer committed to Missouri.

9. Missouri’s recruiting woes are starting to show, writes Ben Frederickson.

Check out this dunk by basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins, who’s still considering Kentucky.

(h/t USA TODAY Sports)

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