An Army All-American Bowl practice jersey belonging to University of Kentucky football recruit Matt Elam popped up on eBay earlier this week with a listed price of $300, but the seller halted the auction Tuesday afternoon.
Keith Stevens told the Herald-Leader that his son plays football with Elam at John Hardin High School. Stevens said Elam gave him the jersey and cleats as a gift following the All-American game earlier this month. He put them on the auction site but ended the sale Tuesday after it attracted substantial attention online.
“I just closed it because of the attention,” Stevens said. “I didn’t realize it brought negative attention. It’s not like I’m trying to profit off of his stuff.
“And I told him, ‘You can keep it.’ He said, ‘I don’t have any room for it.’”
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Stevens said Elam didn’t know he planned to sell the items and added that he “probably won’t” put the items back up for sale in the future.
Elam has narrowed his college choices to Kentucky and Alabama as national signing day approaches on Feb. 5.
Read more on Ben Roberts' Next Cats recruiting blog.
Another auction on his eBay page includes a “game-used” University of Louisville football helmet, gloves and No. 17 jersey, which the seller notes is “currently worn by wide receiver James Quick.” Stevens said the items have nothing to do with Quick and noted that the jersey clearly includes a Big East logo. U of L was part of the American Athletic Conference in 2013, which was Quick’s first season with the Cardinals.
Stevens said the items are from the 2012 season, which was Louisville’s final year in the Big East. Wide receiver DeMarcus Topp wore No. 17 that season.
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