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Matt Elam And Why Recruiting Is Too Crazy For High School Kids

As Florida and FSU fight over Matt Elam, remember this is a high school senior. As of right now, Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples has Florida as the leader, with Rivals still listing a FSU logo next to Elam's name but his interest in the Noles as "high". The Florida Times-Union is calling it a decommitment from FSU.

As far back as October, Elam wavered on his commitment to Florida, as a trip to Tennessee made Elam think twice. Now, Georgia has entered the mix, as they will be the third hat (supposedly) that Elam will choose from at the Army All-American Game. Of course, Elam is on record as saying that he is going to FSU and NBC has said Elam did not request time to make a decision during the game.

At this point, I don't want Elam. At least, not by Saturday. There is no deadline to sign a letter of intent, as February 3 is only the first day to sign binding letters of intent. I have no problem with the coverage of Elam, but it seems to have influenced his decision making process. By announcing early as a Gator, before taking visits to Tennessee or Georgia or FSU, he might have thought he held off the attention that an undeclared would get. But as a five star in a football mad state, the verbal to UF only made the chase that much more intense.

Elam needs to follow the lead of Terrelle Pryor and Bryce Brown and wait until after February before he signs. Maybe that gives more time for people to chase him down, but it is better than creating a false sense of urgency. If he is really that unsure of his school of choice, he needs to wait it out.