Rockwall Heath High defensive back DeShon Elliott signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, officially making him a Texas Longhorn.
The four-star defensive back was the 28th best player in the state of Texas and the 196th best player nationally, according to 247's composite rankings. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Elliott committed to Texas in March of 2014.
Elliott held offers from TCU, Arkansas, Baylor and Colorado. He took an official visit this fall to Fort Worth to visit the Horned Frogs, but remained firm in his commitment to the Longhorns.
Elliott is a versatile athlete, whose natural ability would have him slated as either a safety or linebacker.
SB Nation's recruiting profile explains why coaches love Elliott so much:
Sporting the nickname "the Kraken," Elliott backs up the lofty implications of the moniker with his play on the field. A pure, natural striker who has the short-area quickness to possess a wide tackling radius and the ability to consistently square up opponents, Elliott brings his feet with the sink-and-explode coiling and uncoiling possessed by all the true top enforcers, whether safeties or linebackers. It's no surprise watching Elliott tackle that he reports a 425-pound squat.
Elliott can deliver some huge, launched shots with his shoulder, too. He just does it along the sideline where he knows that the momentum of his hit will keep the ball carrier from picking up extra yardage. When he's a partially-guided missile, he's doing so with little risk.
Not the most rangy safety in the state, Elliott nonetheless shows that he can take good angles in coverage and transition to make plays on the football. In college, however, it's unlikely that he plays the role of single deep safety on a consistent basis, in part because that role doesn't take advantage of his versatile skillset.
Elliott joins DBs Kris Boyd, Holton Hill and Davante Davis as new faces on the 40 acres.