Texas defensive lineman Jordan Elliott(55) blocked by Iowa State Brian Seda(68) looks to put pressure on Iowa State quarterback Jacob Park(10) in the second quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Former Texas DT Jordan Elliott on transferring to Mizzou: ‘The SEC is a higher level of play’

Posted May 27th, 2017

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Jordan Elliott has decided to transfer to Missouri, and he’s taking his spin move with him.

In an interview with St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Dave Matter, Elliott said part of his reasoning for choosing Missouri was “the SEC is a higher level of play. Why not push myself to compete?”

Matter put that portion of Elliott’s quote on Twitter, and you can imagine the reaction it gathered once spotted by Longhorn faithful.

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The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Elliott recorded eight tackles in six appearances as a true freshman in 2016, but was slowed by a knee injury. He had two sacks in the Longhorns’ spring game last month.

RELATED: Defensive linemen Jordan Elliott and Marcel Southall part ways with Texas

During his recruiting process Elliott, a four-star prospect out of Houston Westside, committed and de-committed from four different schools before eventually settling on the Longhorns. Elliott told Matter that he considered Florida, South Carolina and Texas A&M as possible transfer destinations.

He eventually settled in Columbia, Missouri, where he joins his former position coach from Charlie Strong’s staff, Brick Haley. Haley arrived at Missouri in December following Strong’s dismissal.

“Looking at the statistics and how over the years Missouri has been producing some really good D-linemen, first-round picks every year consecutively, so you know they’re doing good things,” Elliott said during the phone interview with Matter. “Also, the SEC is a higher level of play. Why not push myself to compete?”

Elliott will sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

The announcement of Elliott’s transfer came at the same time Texas confirmed fellow defensive lineman Marcel Southall had left the team. Their departures brought the total number of scholarship players to leave the program during coach Tom Herman’s first offseason to five. The other players who left are wide receiver Jake Oliver, third-string quarterback Matthew Merrick and tight end Peyton Aucoin.

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