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Jordan Elliott to Michigan: Wolverines Land 4-Star DT Prospect

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2015

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Michigan bolstered its future defensive line in a big way Saturday, as it secured a commitment from talented defensive tackle recruit Jordan Elliott.

Elliott sent out a tweet confirming his commitment to the Wolverines:

The Houston native is rated as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports, and he's ranked as the No. 14 defensive tackle and No. 98 overall player in the Class of 2016. Elliott's commitment moves Jim Harbaugh's recruiting class for 2016 up to No. 7 in the nation, per 247Sports.

According to a tweet from Elliott in July, he was interested in several of the top teams in college football:

The 6'4", 305-pound behemoth's recruitment has been an interesting saga, as he committed to and decommitted from both Baylor and Houston. After he reopened his availability for the second time, USA Today reported that he had whittled down his choices to Baylor, Michigan and Texas.

Elliott truly turned the heads of those overseeing college football powers in 2014 when he racked up 78 tackles, 31 stops for loss and 12 sacks, according to 247Sports. Add in the fact that he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.86 seconds, and it is easy to see why he was so heavily recruited.

The Westside High School product already has the prototypical size needed to step in and produce at the collegiate level right away, but his athleticism and explosiveness truly set him apart.

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There is no question that Elliott will have to undergo a transition process, as the offensive linemen he'll encounter in college will be even bigger and stronger than what he is accustomed to, but he may be better equipped than most of his peers.

While it took Elliott some time and a few missteps before he finally settled on his school of choice, it certainly looks to be a strong fit in terms of what he brings to the table.

Elliott has a special skill set that could make him a superstar, and his versatility is something that could pay major dividends for Michigan for many years to come.

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