John Hardin High School

Sports
12:03 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

John Hardin High School Big Man Named Kentucky's Top High School Football Player

John Hardin High School senior Matt Elam

John Hardin High School defensive tackle Matt Elam received news this week that he is the winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the top high school football player in the commonwealth.

The 6-foot-6 inch, 360-pound Elam is ranked the number seven overall prospect in the nation by one recruiting service, and has narrowed his college choices to Alabama, Notre Dame, and Kentucky.

He’s recovering from a partially dislocated patella suffered during the high school playoffs, which caused him to miss John Hardin’s 5-A semifinal loss to Bowling Green last Friday.

Elam will receive the Hornung Award Dec. 17 at a ceremony in Louisville.

Sports
10:42 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Hardin County Football Star Receives Nearly 200 Letters from UK--in One Day

John Hardin High School defensive tackle Matt Elam

It’s not uncommon for college coaching staffs to send scores of letters to top high school prospects they are recruiting.

If the number of letters sent by Kentucky coaches to one Hardin County prospect is any indication, the Wildcats REALLY want to land the services of the 360-pound defensive tackle.

The Courier-Journal reports John Hardin’s Matt Elam received 182 recruiting letters from UK Monday. Elam said he was home when the mail carrier called him out to her truck to see the crate of letters the school had sent him.

Elam is storing all of his college recruitment letters in his size 16 shoe boxes. So far he’s filled up ten and he says the 182 letters Kentucky yesterday will take up half of an eleventh box.

Elam is also being recruiting by Louisville, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.