Recruiting target of Cats, Cards, John Hardin's Elam has busy day

mfields@herald-leader.comSeptember 14, 2013 

ELIZABETHTOWN — John Hardin's Matt Elam had a busy Saturday.

The 6-foot-6, 355-pound defensive tackle, a prime recruiting target of Kentucky, attended the UK-Louisville game in Lexington. He left at halftime and hit the road back to Elizabethtown. He listened to the game on the radio and arrived home "at 3:34," giving him plenty of time to gear up for John Hardin's 6 p.m. kickoff against Highlands.

Highlands beat John Hardin 33-26, but Elam thought the Bulldogs gave a good account of themselves.

"Coach (Chad) Lewis kept asking us all week if we had the heart, and we took that to heart and came out and gave Highlands a tough game," Elam said. "Everybody thought they'd skunk us, but that's not the type of program John Hardin has."

As for his afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium, Elam said he was able to meet with UK Coach Mark Stoops before the game.

"He felt real good about how they were going to play, and that made me think different of him. He knows he has hard work ahead of him, but he's willing to take on the challenge. I like that."

Elam, who is considering offers from UK, Alabama, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee, didn't get a chance to talk to U of L Coach Charlie Strong.

"I went over to their sidelines, but they were all business," he said. "I love their coaching staff and I didn't want to bother them."

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