With 2015 Texas Longhorns defensive tackle signee Du'Vonta Lampkin now enrolled with the Oklahoma Sooners, there's even more pressure on the Horns to close out strong with 2016 prospects like Houston Westside's Jordan Elliott, who decommitted from the Houston Cougars on Monday evening:
The 6'4, 305-pounder followed consensus five-star Houston Westfield defensive tackle Ed Oliver in committing to the hometown Cougars in late May, but his pledge always seemed less likely to stick than that of Oliver. It's not the second decommitment for Elliott this year -- his Junior Day pledge to Baylor in late January only lasted until early April.
So where do the Longhorns stand? Seemingly in a favorable position, as Elliott wants to visit Austin for a third time since June when Texas plays Rice this weekend. And he's already on record as saying that he's not concerned ($) about the program's current struggles that date back to last season, a significant consideration when talking about recruiting at the moment because many prospects aren't as positive about the lack of progress made by head coach Charlie Strong.
Watch out for the USC Trojans, though, as Elliott was a childhood fan and plans to take an official visit out to Los Angeles on September 18. The Texas A&M Aggies are also an emerging contender even though Elliott left them out of his top eight back in May -- the most recent prediction in his 247Sports Crystal Ball is for the Aggies.
Elliott is a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 94 prospect overall, the No. 14 defensive tackle, and the No. 13 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.