Matt Elam turns back to Florida and Gators pick up two more five star recruits
The ongoing saga of West Palm Beach DB Matt Elam may finally end in Florida's favor, and the Gators added two major recruits to their already loaded class Saturday afternoon.
At the U.S. Army All-American game on Saturday, Elam recommitted to the Gators after saying last weekend that he was backing out of a previous oral commitment to play for Florida.
Elam, who is considered the No. 2 safety in the nation, switched his oral commitment to Florida State on New Year's Eve after UF coach Urban Meyer resigned, then decided instead on an indefinite leave of absence.
After reportedly refusing to take calls from Meyer, the coach and player finally talked and apparently whatever Meyer said helped bring Elam back into the fold.
Also on Saturday, the Gators picked up a commitment from five-star DT Sharrif Floyd of Philadelphia (Pa.) George Washington and five-star DE Ronald Powell of Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde.
Powell (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) is considered a major victory for the Gators because he was also considering hometown favorite Southern Cal. Rivals.com ranks Powell as the fifth-best overall player in the nation.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Floyd, who is considered the No. 1 DT by Rivals.com, chose the Gators over North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio State.
Interestingly, the majority of the latest recruits are reporting that Meyer has assured them "he's a Gator'' and they all seem to be under the impression - from Meyer - that he will return. Meyer's indefinite leave of absence for health and family reasons will take full effect at the end of the recruiting period in early February.