Just when it looked like there wouldn't be any more twists in the winding recruiting saga of Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle commit Jordan Elliott, Thursday reports from The Football Brainiacs indicate that not only will the Houston Westside product host Texas Longhorns coaches on an in-home visit next week, he's expected to visit Austin this weekend.
Orangebloods confirmed the report a short time later, as did Horns 247. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will hold a key in-home visit with Elliott on Thursday evening, but no word yet on whether he will sleep over and "Netflix and chill."
The developing news comes in sharp contrast to what Elliott was saying at the 2016 US Army All-American Bowl in early January, when he indicated that he was no longer communicating with the Texas coaching staff:
So much for that, it seems.
Elliott pledged to the Wolverines in late November following an official visit to Ann Arbor, just days after Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh made him what may have been the ugliest birthday cake ever:
Great birthday wishes from a great coaching staff pic.twitter.com/yQxJ4lmoc9— FilthyJay (@XCV____) November 24, 2015
I mean, seriously, I can't get over how terrible that thing is. It's not like Ann Arbor lacks businesses that make custom cakes. And pretty sure that ordering one would have fit into the Michigan recruiting budget.
Anyway, maybe the Horns can get him a real Texas-shaped cake this weekend. And maybe even jump back into the thick of things with Elliott -- it wasn't that long ago that there were rumors of him being a silent commit amidst numerous Texas-related tweets.
The 6'4, 306-pounder was a frequent visitor in Austin throughout the summer and fall, making it to campus four times between June and November. Since he's only taken one official visit this fall, he wouldn't have to pay for a weekend trip to Texas, should he decide to make it.
So perhaps it was premature to believe Elliott when he said he was done with the recruiting process and unwilling to communicate with the Texas coaches given his two previous commitments prior to Michigan.
After all, head coach Charlie Strong and his staff proved last year that they don't take no for an answer until the ink dry and the fax is sent.