Jordan Elliott Tweets Top 8: Which Schools Hold Edge in Race for 4-Star DT?

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystMay 22, 2015

Credit: 247Sports

Note: Jordan Elliott committed to Houston on Friday afternoon.

Dominant defensive lineman Jordan Elliott is among the top 2016 college football prospects in Texas, commanding nearly 40 scholarship offers.

The 6'4", 305-pound tackle inched closer toward a commitment Thursday evening when he shared a top-eight list on Twitter:

Elliott, a 4-star recruit from Westside High School in Houston, remains open to attending universities across America. His collection of favorites features teams from five different conferences. He didn't order programs by preference, so we're left to wonder which schools truly sit atop this list.

Rated 12th nationally among defensive tackles in 247Sports' composite rankings, Elliott exhibits college-ready size and skills. He tallied 78 tackles—31 for loss—and 12 sacks as a junior.

His latest recruitment update comes one month after he unveiled a list of 10 favorites. There was significant turnover in that top group, with Florida State, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Baylor and Oklahoma missing the cut this time around.

Elliott added Georgia, LSU and Utah into the mix. 

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Elliott initially pledged to Baylor. He backed off that commitment in early April after spending two months in the Bears class.

His chances of still ending up in the Lone Star State appear strong. Texas, in particular, is viewed as a slight favorite among recruiting analysts.

The Longhorns hold 58 percent of expert predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball, doubling up USC (25 percent). Head coach Charlie Strong is rooted on defense and made some in-state splashes on that side of the ball during an up-and-down 2015 recruiting cycle, headlined by 5-star linebacker Malik Jefferson.

Texas didn't extend an offer until late February, but strong momentum didn't really start building in this recruitment until around that time.

Houston, the lone non-Power Five program on this list, is certainly a wild card to land the local standout. The Cougars sent a strong message Thursday night by securing a commitment from top-rated Texas defender Ed Oliver.

The 5-star defensive tackle opted to stay put in his hometown despite an offer list that largely mirrors Elliott's scholarship sheet. Houston's staff aims to pair the powerful interior linemen together, and clearly the Cougars are in a better position with Elliott at the moment than Texas A&M and Baylor.

When we look beyond Texas, USC seems to be Elliott's most likely landing spot. The Trojans offered last month and are a borderline dream school for the coveted defender, who grew up rooting for the team.

USC reached into Texas last signing day for prized running backs Ronald Jones and Aca'Cedric Ware.

Alabama is also worth keeping a close eye on as the presumptive SEC favorite after offering in February. Elliott is slated to spend time in Tuscaloosa next month, per Wescott Eberts of SBNation.

Considering the seismic changes that altered his list this spring during the course of four weeks, it's difficult to read too much into the finality of Elliott's latest favorites. This situation is fluid to say the least, but our latest glimpse into his recruitment gives us another opportunity to see where things stand with teams in Texas and beyond.

Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.

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