January 6, 2010

Is Elam changing his mind again?

For weeks, it's been assumed that Georgia was on the outside looking in when it came to 5-star safety Matt Elam.

It's been quite the journey for the native of West Palm Beach, Fla., a longtime commitment to Florida, who recently de-committed and pledged to Florida State.

But is that still the case?

Monday, Elam took a call from Florida coach Urban Meyer, who according to Rivals.com's Mike Farrell was seriously considering de-committing from the Seminoles and going back to the Gators.

Apparently, Farrell was correct but in an interview Tuesday evening with UGASports, it appears there is more to the story.

"I'm decomitting," Elam said in a text to UGASports after being asked if he was still headed to Tallhassee.

"Florida is first for me right now, followed by Georgia and Florida State is third," Elam said in a text to UGASports.

But although the Gators appear to be back on top for Elam's services, he didn't rule out a third team - ie the Bulldogs - becoming a serious player for his services.

"It is very possible," he said.

"I am still talking to Georgia for sure," he said. "When I went on my official visit to Georgia, it really felt like home."

According to Farrell, Elam originally switched from Florida to Florida State because he had grown concerned with Florida's recruiting class that includes Jordan Haden, Jonathan Dowling, Jaylen Watkins and Demar Dorsey, all of whom could play different safety positions.

But according to Elam, Florida State has issues with numbers as well.

"To be honest I been doing my research and Georgia only has six safeties on scholarships, Florida has eight and Florida State has eight."

Actually, the Bulldogs only have five after redshirt junior Reshad Jones announced Monday he was leaving Georgia to apply for the NFL Draft.

"I did not know about Reshad entering the draft," said Elam, who was unaware of Jones' decision until told by UGASports. "Coach (Georgia assistant John) Lilly has talked to me this week about the impact I can make on a coming up program and Garrison Smith has been talking to me about how he really wants to play with me."

Elam is currently in San Antonio, Tex., where he and Smith are preparing for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"Yeah, I was talking to him and Christian Green, both the Florida kids," Smith said. "I think they have both liked what I have had to say. I have also been talking to (Marcus) Lattimore and (Jeffrey) Whitaker. I think with Whitaker, it will come down to his relationship with (Georgia assistant Rodney) Garner and (Auburn assistant Tracy) Rocker."

According to Farrell, Elam is looking at a possible Saturday announcement as to where he will go.

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