Texas Longhorns sophomore defensive lineman Jordan Elliott plans on transferring from the school, according to a post made to his Snapchat account on Thursday afternoon:
Texas DL Jordan Elliott posts on Snapchat he's going to transfer from UT. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/huvlsMVneY— Justin Wells (@justinwells2424) May 18, 2017
The 6’5, 330-pounder indicated that he’s been considering the move for “many months,” which may be a result of the recent coaching change — Elliott was recruited by former head coach Charlie Strong and defensive line coach Brick Haley, both of whom are now gone.
The loss is a significant one for a defensive line that lost Paul Boyette Jr. after last season and features only two reliable contributors at the defensive tackle position in senior Poona Ford and junior Chris Nelson.
As a result, Elliott was expected to compete for heavy playing time after recording eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss as a freshman while appearing in six games. The Houston Westside product missed time with an MCL injury.
The Longhorns and position coach Oscar Giles will now have to rely more heavily on a group of young defensive linemen that includes four other defensive tackles from the 2016 class — Gerald Wilbon, Chris Daniels, Marcel Southall, and D’Andre Christmas.
The entire unit came under heavy criticism from new head coach Tom Herman in the spring for being out of shape and has now suffered the biggest attrition of hit of the offseason so far.