Per 247Sports, Jordan Elliott, a former Michigan commit and longtime Longhorn target, is now back on the market just days before National Signing Day.
BREAKING: Houston Westside DT and major #HookEm target Jordan Elliott has decommitted from Michigan. #GoBlue— EJ Holland (@EJHolland247) January 28, 2016
As you could expect, this is colossal news for Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns.
Elliott committed to Jim Harbaugh and Michigan back in late November, and remained adamant that he was a Wolverine and wasn't going anywhere.
Time to kill the #GoBlue/#HookEm chatter with DT Jordan Elliott (@XCV____) #ArmyBowl pic.twitter.com/OMUwtoUphd— Damon Sayles (@DamonSayles) January 4, 2016
Well, this just shows how unpredictable the world of college football recruiting can be, and with National Signing Day looming next Wednesday, the home-state Horns' now look to be the favorite to land the Houston product.
If his recruitment now pans out as expected, and Elliot joins the Longhorns, he would be Texas' highest rated commit, as he's rated No. 115 overall nationally, per 247Sports composite.
El oh el #HookEm https://t.co/qugE0rTbpF— Jean Delance (@JeanDelance74) January 28, 2016
.. We bout to take off. Don't miss it!!— Jean Delance (@JeanDelance74) January 28, 2016
Keep in mind, this news comes following Elliot's official visit to the 40 Acres only days ago on January 22. Following that visit, all four of Elliott's Crystal Ball projections favor the Longhorns.
For Texas, this is a potential true freshman starter, and one that has more than enough talent to make an immediate impact. The Longhorns lost star defensive tackle, Hassan Ridgeway, to the NFL following the season, and are currently in need or some quality depth in the trenches. By this time next week, Texas may just have its guy.
Here's a bit more on Elliott's recruitment from Wescott Eberts:
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.