Head coach Jim Harbaugh's stellar 2016 recruiting class has taken a big hit with defensive tackle Jordan Elliott decommitting from the Michigan Wolverines on Wednesday.
EJ Holland of 247Sports reported Elliott's decision to leave the Wolverines and open up his recruiting one week before national signing day.
Elliott announced his commitment to Michigan back in November on Twitter following the regular-season finale against the Ohio State Buckeyes:
It helped build momentum for the Wolverines this recruiting season, which has otherwise gone very well. He's the 14th-ranked defensive tackle and a 4-star prospect, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
Michigan is still set up well for an excellent recruiting season, with 247Sports having the program ranked fifth in the nation.
It had become apparent in recent weeks that Elliott was having second thoughts about his decision. Jason Suchomel of OrangeBloods.com reported on Jan. 20 that the Houston native was going to take a visit to the University of Texas Longhorns.
Even though Michigan is still listed on Elliott's radar, the Longhorns have moved into the top spot. According to 247Sports' crystal ball projections, Texas is currently getting 77 percent of the vote as Elliott's preferred destination. The USC Trojans are second at 14 percent.
Getting a prominent in-state recruit to stay home would be a major coup for Texas, which is struggling with the 37th-ranked recruiting class as of Thursday, per 247Sports.
Until players officially sign their letter of intent on Feb. 3, things remain wide open. The next seven days will be a wild ride in college football, with Elliott's move the latest ripple in the vast ocean of college recruiting.