If the confusing cases of Lynden Trail and Quinton Dunbar weren’t enough, committed safety Matt Elam also gave Florida’s staff something to think about. He decided to take an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend. He originally went just to check it out, but left with some unsettling things for Florida’s staff to read.
Here’s what he told Rivals about what he thinks of UT after seeing them up close and personal.
“They are very high in my decision,” Elam said. “Monte Kiffin’s background is a real plus. He’s been in the league and the defense he runs makes sure that his players get to the league. There is a connection there and they made a strong push for me.”
That can’t be comforting for UF’s staff.
But it was talking with safety Eric Berry that might be the selling point for the Vols. It’s perfect, really. Berry’s all but packed his bags for the NFL and Elam could just walk right in and take his spot. Safety depth at Florida isn’t too attractive and Elam has been quoted as saying that he wants to come in and play immediately.
“I was thinking that could be me,” Elam said of watching Berry. “He’s getting all that attention and fame and they promote him. He’ll be leaving and someone has to come in and be better than him and make plays.”