The level of competition that Matt Elam faces may not be the top flight talent that some prospects face every Friday night in Florida or California. But, Matt Elam is player that Notre Dame needs at Nose Guard.
Even though many consider him an elite prospect, there are several things that Elam needs to work on. 247Sports considers him a 5-star prospect but Rivals has him as a 3-star. As many people say, the truth is usually somewhere in between.
Elam checks in at 6’6″ 350 lbs. His frame is elite but it needs to be reworked. Elam can probably carry 350 pounds but he needs more of it to be built up in his legs. However, this may not happen for one or two years.
Based on his size, it may be difficult for him to get leverage against other defenders. Currently, he uses sheer force to toss around players. Technique is not one of Elam’s strong suits. He will need improve his technique if he expects to play early.
Overall, Elam demonstrates excellent athleticism for his size and this is why Alabama, Notre Dame and others have offered. A Defensive Tackle that blocks kicks at the high school level is a rare commodity.