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Elliott’s pledge caps huge day

Charlie Strong and Jordan Elliott at UTL. (Will Gallagher/IT)
Charlie Strong and Jordan Elliott at UTL. (Will Gallagher/IT)

HOUSTON — The need for defensive tackles in Austin looks much improved after today. Jordan Elliott made sure of it. He also put the finishing touches on a monumental day in Austin.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman from Houston Westside committed to Texas today in an announcement at his school.

Elliott picked UT after being committed to three previous schools – Baylor, Houston, and Michigan during the recruiting process. Elliott was the No. 9 prospect in the IT Top 100 for 2016.

Eric says: Prototypical size/build and athleticism that lends itself to versatility. Elliott’s big and powerful enough to anchor versus combo blocks as a nose tackle, but agile enough to be a disruptor as a 3-tech to 5-tech. I like his ability to stack and shed in a two-gap scheme, or his quickness to beat blockers and get up field when tasked to beat his man. Elliott will be ready to play immediately regardless of where he ends up. As a player he has a very high floor. Worst case scenario he’s a pile causing nose tackle, but I believe he’ll be much more than that.

Excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook (3/15):

Jordan Elliott, DT, Westside (Houston, TX) (2016)

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How he fits at Texas: Jordan Elliott has the potential to be the sort of dominant interior tackle that gives Big 12 offenses fits when they try to spread out opponents because their OL can’t handle him. Elliott has absurd lateral quickness for his size (4.35 shuttle time) along with sheer power in his upper body (41′ power ball) that will make him murder on stunts and twists. Texas has gotten a lot of mileage deploying the similarly athletic Ridgeway at nose tackle, Elliott might fit better at 3-tech or DE where he could work in space against running backs and tight ends that aren’t accustomed to facing opponents with similar quickness but considerably more strength and power. – IB

Coach says: This is a big fella that moves extremely well for his size. He is the type of defensive lineman that you can keep on the field in various packages because he has the ability and athleticism to play up in the down the LOS in even and odd fronts. He possesses very strong hands and he does a good job at getting extension and shedding blockers so that he can go make the play. If he can better and getting off the ball on the snap, you could have a real nightmare on your hands. I want to see a more consistent motor and keeping a lower pad level, but that’s what Brick Haley is for.

Jordan Eliott. (Will Gallagher/IT)
Jordan Eliott. (Will Gallagher/IT)

How this affects Texas: Elliott and Texas makes too much sense. Likely the softest UH commit in 2016, I’m not sure Houston still considers him a pledge. I do know he’s visited Texas three times this summer including being the talk of the Under the Lights camp. He likes to workout in Longhorns gear and post it on social media, exchange texts with UT commits and targets, and troll A&M fans and writers. Sounds like a future Longhorn to me. – JW

Elliott is the 24th commit in the Class of 2016. He joins Jeffrey McCulloch (Aldine Davis), Chris Brown (Alief Elsik), Brandon Jones (Nacogdoches), D’Andre Christmas-Giles (St Augustine), Marcel Southall (Duncanville), Chris Daniels (Trinity), Kyle Porter (Katy), Lil Jordan Humphrey (Southlake Carroll), Eric Cuffee (Waco High), Zach Shackelford (Belton), Jean Delance (North Mesquite), Davion Curtis (Temple), Denzel Okafor (Lewisville), Andrew Fitzgerald (Flower Mound Marcus), Malcolm Roach (Baton Rouge, LA), Peyton Aucoin (Bother Martin, New Orleans), Collin Johnson (WR – Valley Christian (CA), Reggie Hemphill (WR – Manvel), Shane Buechele (QB – Arlington Lamar), Tope Imade (OL – Arlington Bowie), Gerald Wilbon (DL/OL – Destrehan, LA) and DeMarco Boyd (ATH – Gilmer).