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Why former Texas DL Jordan Elliott chose Missouri

The Houston product said that he “never really enjoyed Texas.”

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Brick Haley and Jordan Elliott are back together again.

The former Texas Longhorns defensive line coach and former Texas Longhorns defensive lineman are now reunited with the Missouri Tigers after Elliott recently landed in Columbia following his transfer from Texas.

The question on the minds of Longhorns fans in the days since Elliott announced his decision to depart the program has been why the former US Army All-American left despite the prospect of extensive playing time next fall.

According to the 6’4, 318-pounder, he just never felt at home in Austin.

"There's a lot of speculation going around, but at the end of the day I just wasn’t happy there," Elliott told "It's nothing against the coaches at Texas, they're great coaches. It's a great program and I really learned a lot of things, but I just never really enjoyed Texas since I first got there."

The poor fit for Elliott came after a recruitment that saw him commit to Baylor, Houston, and Michigan at various points before selecting Texas on National Signing Day in 2016.

Oddly enough, the coaches Elliott once pledged to at Houston, including head coach Tom Herman and position coach Oscar Giles, weren’t able to convince him to remain a Longhorn.

After receiving his release, the appeal of the SEC was too much to pass up.

"They're a program that's on the come up, SEC ball is the highest level," Elliott said. "Coach Haley is one of the best D-Line coaches out there. Missouri's a powerhouse for defensive linemen. They're coming and going first round every year. That's real appealing to me.”

And so the loss for Texas is Missouri’s gain.