To be the best you have to go after the best players.
Lane Kiffin has said from day one of taking over as the head coach of the University of Tennessee that he and his staff had a plan to build a championship football program.
Kiffin and staff has already shown they aren’t afraid of going after the best athlete regardless of what state they reside in or regardless if they are committed to another school.
Such is the case with one of the top athletes in the state of Florida and Scout.com’s No. 1 rated safety in the country Matt Elam.
Elam took an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend and came away more than impressed with the Volunteers.
“It was a great trip and a great time,” Elam told InsideTennessee.com Sunday evening. “I could believe how intense the game was and how crazy the crowd was.”
One thing that stood out to Elam was the Tennessee coaching staff.
“Coach Kiffin has assembled one of the best coaching staffs in the country,” Elam said. “I got to visit with Monte Kiffin a lot. It’s amazing how much he knows about defense and great a coach he really is. It would be an honor to play for him.”
Elam was also impressed with how everyone knew who he was.
“All the fans recognized me,” Elam said. “Everyone is like a big happy family at Tennessee. I’m impressed with how close the team is with this new coaching staff.”
Is Elam still committed to Florida?
“Right now I am,” Elam said. “I’m considering all my options; Tennessee is definitely one of those options.”
Elam is scheduled to graduate in December, so a final decision will likely occur in the next month or so.
“The Tennessee coaches are telling me that I would have the opportunity to be the next Eric Berry type of player for their program,” Elam said. “I loved the way they are promoting Berry, all the videos and billboards. Hey that could be me one day.”
Elam got the chance to hang out with Berry and was impressed with the standout defender.
“He is such a great person, very easy to talk to,” Elam said. “He is a great player; he really loves the University of Tennessee.”