Matt Elam will be one of the most highly rated prospects from the Sunshine State in 2010. This junior from West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer High School is a star on both sides of the ball at running back and safety. Elam, 6-0 and 205 pounds, just committed to the Florida Gators.
"I committed to Florida this morning," Elam said. "I have been to camps up there and games at the Swamp. I know the coaches and the relationship is so close. I love the atmosphere at Florida and the Swamp is great. Florida has always been my team and I have always wanted to play there."
Elam, who also play receiver and linebacker for Dwyer, projects as a safety for the Gators. But that depends on Elam's maturation process.
"It actually depends on how much I grow. I am growing still and just turned 17. So I will go there to play safety knowing I could grow into a linebacker."
One of the reasons Elam picked Florida and picked Florida so early in the recruiting process is because of Urban Meyer. The two have known each other a long time and first met while Meyer was an assistant coach at Notre Dame where he recruited Matt's older brother (Abram) to the Fighting Irish. That was almost 10 years ago.
"I do remember him then. He (Meyer) actually taught me a wide receiver's stance then. After that we didn't talk at all. Then I heard he was at my high school my freshman season to recruit a teammate of mine. So I found him and introduced myself. Coach Meyer remembered me and the rest in history. That's when I really starting liking Florida. Coach Meyer and I have gotten very close. To be honest, I really made this decision over the summer. I know it will still be a while but I can't wait to get there (Gainesville).
Dwyer is 3-1 on the season. Last week they lost an overtime heartbreaker to Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central 6-0. In that game Elam had 16 tackles and forced two fumbles. This week they face Olympic Heights.