The Jordan Elliott recruiting story gets more and more bizarre.
Last January, Elliott committed to Baylor. The Houston defensive tackle prospect decommitted in April. In May, Elliott decided to stay home and commit to Houston. He decommitted from the Cougars in September.
On Nov. 28, the 4-star athlete committed to Michigan following an official visit. On Wednesday, he reportedly decommitted from the Wolverines, according to EJ Holland of 247Sports.com. Calls and direct messages to Elliott were not returned Wednesday.
If you're counting, that's three schools committed to and three schools decommitted from in a year for Elliott.
Regardless, the story remains the same: Elliott is a Top 15 player at a very competitive position in the 2016 class. He was a U.S. Army All-American who made a lot of noise with his defensive presence in San Antonio earlier this month. More importantly, he's still very much a wanted target come national signing day.
So now the big question: Where to?
A few schools come to mind as Wednesday's signing day approaches. Two teams to watch represent the Big 12 and the Pac-12.
For now, it's no secret that Texas is a favorite to land Elliott. And while it's no guarantee the Longhorns will land him, you can bet that head coach Charlie Strong, defensive line coach Brick Haley and the rest of the coaching staff are going all-in to get the 6'3 ½", 306-pound tackle to sign. Texas currently only has one defensive tackle committed in 3-star Gerald Wilbon.
Texas only has 14 players committed but is hoping to have a monster conclusion by adding several 4-star targets around the state of Texas, including safety Brandon Jones, linebackers Jeffrey McCulloch and Dontavious Jackson and cornerback Eric Cuffee, who is expected to announce his decision Thursday evening. Elliott, like the others, is a wanted target in the Forty Acres.
Arguably the wild card of Elliott's recruiting is USC. The Trojans were supposed to be his first official visit back in September, but he canceled due to scheduling conflicts. Former Trojans defensive line coach Chris Wilson recruited Elliott to USC, but the Trojans let Wilson go in December. USC's defensive line now is led by coach Kenechi Udeze and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
USC only has 13 commits, and it's still looking for its first defensive tackle pledge of the 2016 cycle. A solid tackle such as Elliott to complement 5-star defensive end Oluwole Betiku could make for tons of problems for Pac-12 offenses. It should also be noted that Elliott has told Bleacher Report on multiple occasions that he's been a longtime USC fan.
Texas and USC are the exclusive teams to watch in the Elliott sweepstakes, but it's never a bad idea to look at the teams he committed to, prior to Michigan. Baylor has two defensive tackles committed in 4-star Bravvion Roy and 3-star early enrollee Jeremy Faulk. Houston is stacked at the position with three pledges, including 5-star stud Ed Oliver.
The next six days will be interesting, but you can bet that teams will be working hard to land Elliott, a player who can help a program at the next level.