Schools to Watch After Decommitment of 4-Star DT Jordan Elliott

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystApril 8, 2015

Recent Baylor decommit Jordan Elliott is keeping his options open. He is nearing reported 30 offers.
Recent Baylor decommit Jordan Elliott is keeping his options open. He is nearing reported 30 offers.Credit: 247Sports

When news broke Monday about 4-star defensive tackle Jordan Elliott decommitting from Baylor, one question surfaced.

Will he stay in state, or will he play college ball far from home?

A 4-star lineman, Elliott is inching closer to 30 offers, and while the 6'4", 305-pound Houston product has the opportunity to play close to home, he has intriguing offers out of state that he will consider.

Which offers? That's the big question, as he chooses not to be specific. Elliott has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC and others—including his most recent offer from Miami.

The out-of-state schools will be a competitive battle with those in the Lone Star State. Elliott has Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Houston and North Texas—in addition to Baylor, a school he said he still has admiration and respect for.

"I totally respect Baylor as a whole," Elliott said. "It was a long, tough decision."

There's an aura of mystique that makes Elliott such a wanted target. He's run the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds, blazing for a 300-pounder. He is expected to be most effective at defensive tackle, but he is capable of lining up as a defensive end if necessary. He had 12 sacks as a junior, proof that he's quick off the ball.

Although he's adamant about being wide open, Texas has been one of the schools high on his radar. Elliott visited the Longhorns a couple weeks ago after picking up an offer in February.

Elliott's 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have him going to Texas, but Texas A&M is a school to keep an eye on. Elliott told Bleacher Report after announcing his decommitment that he would take a trip to College Station this weekend. He was offered by the Aggies last month after their junior day.

There are those who believe the race for Elliott will come down to the two Texas rivals, but the good news for all of the schools is that he said he doesn't have a favorite. He added that he wants to set up unofficial visits throughout the spring and the summer.

Additionally, Elliott has said he doesn't have a problem playing college ball out of state.

Elliott is the nation's No. 12 defensive tackle. According to 247Sports, he finished his junior season with 78 tackles (31 for loss), along with his 12 sacks, for Westside High School.

No timetable has been set on a new decision date, but Elliott said he will take his time with the recruiting process the second time around. Look for his stock to rise as he continues to impress scouts during the spring.

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles