YEARBOOK: JORDAN ELLIOTT
Houston Westside defensive tackle (6-3, 322)
HOW HE GOT HERE: It wasn’t easy. Elliott had previously committed to Baylor, Houston, Texas and Michigan before he ultimately decided on the Horns on signing day. It was thought he’d be a Wolverine until late in the process. He de-committed from Michigan the week before signing day. Getting Elliott — Texas’ highest-rated defensive tackle in this year’s class — was a journey, not a race.
STAR RATING: 4
RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 115th; Fab 55, 10th, right above No. 11 Kaden Smith (Flower Mound Marcus TE, Stanford) and right below No. 9 Tren’Davian Dickson (Navasota WR, Baylor); Position, 14th
MILES TO AUSTIN: 148
AT HOUSTON WESTSIDE: Earned All-American and all-state honors as a senior, when he also was a semifinalist for the Greater Houston High School Rotary Lombardi Award. Played eight games his senior year, when the Wolves allowed 19.4 points in games he played. The Wolves made the playoffs each of his last three years. He also competed in track and field (shot, discus).
2013: 16 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery
2014: 78 tackles, 31 TFL, 12 sacks, 9 forced turnovers
2015: 30 tackles, 10 TFL, 4 sacks, one forced fumble
Totals: 124 tackles, 47 TFL, 18 sacks
ELLIOTT’S BEST GAME — SO FAR: Elliott played in only eight games as a senior because of an ankle injury, but one that stood out was the 27-24 loss to Brenham on Sept. 11. Elliott had a season-high seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.
THE NUMBERS GAME: Elliott was a big-play machine at Westside, having a hand in 12 turnovers in his three years. His junior year was his big season, with 31 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He wore No. 95 in high school, but will have to go with something else at Texas — junior-to-be Poona Ford wears 95. The only jersey numbers in the 90s that aren’t claimed yet are 94, 98 and 99. Elliott was one of the 7 signing-day pledges that Texas secured.
THEY SAID IT: “Explosive. One of the best first steps I’ve ever seen, and for a big kid, he sure does get off the ball and get after you.” — Jomaul Mason, Houston Westside coach
DID YOU KNOW?
1. By committing to four different schools, including twice to Texas, Elliott may have given off the appearance of that of an attention-seeker. But he’s not, says his high school coach, Jomaul Mason. “Jordan’s a quiet kid. Day to day, Jordan’s not the kind of guy who wants a lot of attention. He just wants to do his thing and help his teammates.”
2. Elliott, a 322-pound defensive tackle, was so destructive during practices that the Westside coaching staff would move him to tight end or offensive tackle just so the offense wouldn’t have to block him. “We got to see some of our offense that way,” Mason said.
3. Believe it or not, Elliott was actually a running back during youth football, and when he was 10 or so, his team won the Pearland championship. “He scored lots of touchdowns,” said his mother, Tamara Dean.
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