Five star defensive prospect, Matt Elam has turned down a scholarship from Alabama in order to attend the University of Kentucky.
The defensive tackle from Elizabethtown, Kentucky made his announcement earlier today during a live stream from his high school.
Elam tweeted: "My heart is at the University of Kentucky."
The defensive tackle is 6'6", weighs 325 pounds and is ranked as the second best player in the state of Kentucky according to 24-7 sports composite.
Elam is also the 13th best defensive tackle in the nation and measures well in size and strength criteria.
Elam stated that he wanted to stay close to home for school:
“I feel like that’s one of the main reasons I stayed — just to help my in-state program,” he said. “I feel like I can do whatever I can do anywhere else at the University of Kentucky and it’s in my home state."
However, the player was complimentary of Nick Saban's program in Alabama and stated his support for the team for the season ahead.
“It is very hard to turn down Alabama. It’s the mecca of football,” he added. “I will say I love what they’re doing down there. I hope they keep it up.”
Elam is the second player this month to have decided against playing for the Crimson Tide after quarterback, Ricky Town decommited from Alabama in favor of USC.