Tennessee didn’t pick up a football commitment from its talented trio of visitors this past weekend but clearly made an impression with Matt Elam.
“The fans were crazy. I talked with Monte Kiffin and watching Eric Berry,” the 6-foot, 205-pound safety from Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., said Sunday when asked what stood out about his UT visit.
Elam, who committed to Florida almost a year ago, said he is considering UT, Florida State and West Virginia. Elam will take his official visit to Florida State this weekend. He took an official visit to West Virginia last month.
Elam said he still considers himself a Florida commitment, but a great talk with UT’s coaches, particularly defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, this weekend and the lure of playing defense at West Virginia has him thinking.
“I said that before I had a talk with Monte Kiffin,” Elam said of his commitment. “I committed there because I wanted to be there but I looked around and other things caught my attention.”
Elam said Kiffin will be an important factor in his decision.
“That’s very important to me because he has the connections with all the NFL teams,” Elam said. “He can basically get any player into the NFL. And he’ll do what he has to do. He put Eric Berry in position to make plays to show NFL scouts how good he is.”
Recruiters will have to work fast on Elam. He plans to enroll in college in January and expects to make a final decision in late November or early December.
UT also hosted two other official visitors: Jeff Luc, the 6-1, 230-pounder from Treasure Coast High School in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Dietrich Riley, the 6-1, 200-pound safety from St. Francis High School in La Canada, Calif.
The Vols also hosted several unofficial visitors.