Jordan Elliott to Texas: Longhorns Land 4-Star DT Prospect

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2016

Source: 247Sports

Less than a week before national signing day, Jordan Elliott decommitted from Michigan. The 4-star defensive tackle made his backup plan clear Wednesday, announcing he will attend Texas.

"I just want to make my family proud," Elliott said about his commitment, per Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman.

The Westside (Houston) star had been trending toward Texas for some time. 247Sports' Crystal Ball metrics made the Longhorns a favorite throughout the process, eventually spiking once Elliott announced he was joining defensive end Rashad Weaver and defensive back Antwaine Richardson among the late Michigan decommits.

Elliott had been indecisive throughout his recruiting process. He had verbals to Houston and Baylor in 2015 before being swayed by Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh. A visit to Texas on Jan. 22 was the final straw with Elliott and Michigan, though, and the Longhorns looked like an easy choice heading into signing day.

"For now, it's no secret that Texas is a favorite to land Elliott," Bleacher Report's Damon Sayles wrote last week. "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."

Signing Elliott is the latest boon as part of a late recruiting push from Strong and Co. Texas has made a concerted push toward the top of the rankings over the last few days, landing running back Kyle Porter on Tuesday and having a number of balls in the air before Wednesday.

"As far as recruiting, this is the University of Texas," Strong said during the season, per Davis of the American-Statesman. "The players are going to want to come here. So they can hear all the noise, but the ones that really want to come, they’re going to come anyway. I don’t let it bother me."

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Ready-made from a physical perspective, Elliott is ranked No. 115 overall and 14th among defensive tackles in 247Sports' rankings. He was an Army All-American Bowl selection but did not have the breakout senior season most expected. After putting up 78 tackles and 12 sacks during his junior season, he accumulated only 30 tackles and four sacks as a senior.

Texas should expect Elliott to step in and be a difference-maker early, whether it's in his first or second season. He has enough physical tools that the transition to major college football shouldn't be a problem, and it appears after a lot of indecision he's finally found a home. 

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