Rivals.com national football recruiting analyst Mike Farrell was asked by Twitter followers this week to share his thoughts on top Kentucky target Matt Elam.
Those thoughts surely pleased UK fans.
Farrell responded that he considered the four-star defensive tackle to be a Kentucky lean and theirs to lose.
The Rivals analyst confirmed that position and expounded on it during an interview with the Herald-Leader on Wednesday.
I believe that, I really do, Farrell said. I think Matts the type of kid that likes the attention. I think Matts the type of kid who will take his visits, who will be flattered by the big schools. Almost awe-inspired by some of them. I think its extremely tempting to be recruited (at that position) at Notre Dame, where Louis Nix is. Or at Alabama, where theyve put like the last three of those guys in the NFL.
But when all is said and done, I think he wants to stay home. Thats just my feeling.
Farrell twice referred to Elam as an extremely important recruit for Coach Mark Stoops and the 2014 class. Not just because of his play on the field, but also due to his status as a top in-state target coveted by the nations best.
Its more important that hes an in-state guy that Alabama, Notre Dame and others want, he said. If they can keep him, it would be similar to (getting) Drew Barker.
Barker the Conner quarterback considered by most services to be the No. 1 prospect in Kentucky committed to the Wildcats earlier this year. Elam has grown close to the affable quarterback and UKs other commitments during the course of his recruitment. He tweeted Wednesday night that Barker is the best QB in the country.
Elam wont be announcing his own college decision until Jan. 4. Officially, hes still considering UK, Alabama, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Ohio State and Louisville.
The John Hardin standout told the Herald-Leader this month that UK, Alabama and Notre Dame could be considered the favorites. He made a trip to South Bend last weekend and already has official visits scheduled for Lexington and Tuscaloosa in December.
A lot can happen between now and January, but Farrell likes UKs position at the moment.
Recruiting is unpredictable, but I think right now hes going into this and hes comparing everything to Kentucky. And thats a good thing.
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