Change Of Heart, Part Deux: UF Recruit Picks FSU

We told you the day Urban Meyer resigned his job at the University of Florida that there might be some backlash with top Gator recruit Matt Elam. Today that prediction came true.

Matt Elam commits to Florida State after verbally committing to Florida

(Credit: Ray Graham / Palm Bach Post)

Despite having previously verbally committed to Meyer’s Gators 15 months ago, Elam himself had a change of heart today by confirming he would attend Florida State.

From Jason Lieser of the PALM BEACH POST:

Florida State took advantage of Urban Meyer’s indecision and stole Dwyer linebacker Matt Elam from Florida.

Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said he received a text from Elam today saying he is committed to the Seminoles and plans to enroll early next month.Elam confirmed his commitment and said it feels good to settle on a final decision.

“I feel like I’m going to throw up,” Daniels said jokingly. “I grew up hating Florida State.

Elam committed to the Gators as a junior. That decision was predicated largely on his strong relationship with Meyer, who previously coached Elam’s older brother at Notre Dame.

Last weekend, Florida announced Meyer was stepping down, then backtracked the next day when Meyer said he planned to coach The Gators in 2010.

“I think when Coach Meyer resigned and then came back, that brought up a lot of uncertainty,” Daniels said.

Elam himself also added to Lieser: “I feel like everybody hates me. I feel like everybody thinks it’s a bad decision, but it’s not their decision. … Florida wants me, but Florida State needs me.”

I posted this tweet from Benjamin Volin of the PALM BEACH POST after Meyer resigned:

Elam to Gerry Hamilton of of ESPN.com today on the role Meyer’s future leave of absence played into his decision:

“It was all the factor,” Elam said when asked if Meyer’s decision factored into his decision.

After a 911 call from his wife Shelley surfaced yesterday, Meyer today confirmed that he lied about his hospitalization on Dec. 6. Meyer and the school indicated that hospitalization was for dehydration when in fact Meyer was treated at the Gainesville Shands medical facility for chest pains.

Meyer also told the media that the reason he lied was to protect his family and the Florida Gator players. He did not mention possible recruits like Elam as a reason for his ruse.

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