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Jordan Elliott to Houston: Cougars Land 4-Star DT Prospect

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2015

Credit: 247Sports

The Houston Cougars already cleaned up at the defensive tackle position after securing the commitment of Ed Oliver. As if that wasn't enough, they also added Jordan Elliott to their 2016 recruiting class.

The 4-star defensive tackle announced on Twitter that he's headed to Houston:

Houston head coach Tom Herman couldn't contain his excitement:

Coach Tom Herman @CoachTomHerman

This is me after my last phone call. #CleaningHouse #HTownTakeover 🐾🐾🔥🔥 http://t.co/3LIuZ9EMGV

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Elliott is the No. 12 defensive tackle and the 84th-best player overall. Bleacher Report's Tyler Donohue noted how both Elliott and Oliver were garnering interest from a number of top schools:

Tyler Donohue @TDsTake

Wow!! A day after landing 5-star DT Ed Oliver, #Houston lands 4-star DT Jordan Elliott (@JAE__95). Both have offers from 30+ Power 5 teams.

Elliott possesses great size (6'4", 305 lb) for his position. He'll likely add a few pounds once he hits college, but that shouldn't take away from what is impressive quickness and agility. The tweet below from Elliott is a good example of that agility at work:

One of the things he'll certainly have to work on is his technique. ESPN.com's Jeremy Crabtree shot a video of Elliott from The Opening Dallas. Elliott looks solid in the short clip but certainly shows that his hand placement is a work in progress:

Jeremy Crabtree KMBC @jeremycrabtree

#Baylor DT Jordan Elliott of Westside is one of the DTs here at Dallas #TheOpening getting love from the coaches. http://t.co/o3ZsyNnslQ

Elliott isn't a great pass-rusher but certainly passable enough that Cougars defensive coordinator Todd Orlando can utilize him in a few different ways. Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle provided Elliott's numbers from 2014, which offer a brief glimpse into his repertoire:

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Westside DT Jordan Elliott had 72 tackles, 32 for loss,13 sacks,3 forced fumbles, 6 deflects as 1st team 6A all state in '14 via @ahverdejo

On its own, Elliott's arrival in Houston would give the Cougars a major presence on the interior of the defensive line. Throw him in with Oliver, and Herman's team is the envy of college football at defensive tackle.

Houston still has a ways to go to become a nationally relevant program, but nabbing recruits like Elliott will help the school reach that level over time.

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