Nov 30, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half at Commonwealth Stadium. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 27-14. Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

5-Star DT Matt Elam Chooses Kentucky Over Alabama

Alabama’s 2014 signing class will be without one of its biggest pieces with the commitment of defensive tackle Matt Elam.

Elam, a 6-foot-5, 370-pound lineman from Elizabethtown, Ky., announced Thursday that he would play for the Wildcats, choosing them over the Crimson Tide.

Elam made his announcement at an event at Hardin High School’s Performing Arts Center, surrounded by fellow players, and seated with his head coach and mother on either side of him. His choice of props was notable; on the table in front of him were the helmets of his high school team and the Wildcats, along with an Alabama Script A ball cap.

The big defensive tackle is rated No. 3 in the nation at his position by 247Sports,and the No. 21 prospect overall in the nation. He had narrowed his decision between Alabama and his home state Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky had made a big push for the massive lineman, making him the focus of their efforts to rebuild and compete with the teams in the upper echelon of the Southeastern Conference. For their part, Alabama hoped to have Elam take his place alongside former Alabama greats Terrence Cody and Jesse Williams.

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