The rubber meets the road Friday night for Jordan Elliott and the 4-5 Houston (Tex.) Westside Wolves when they travel to take on the 8-1 Houston (Tex.) Lamar Texans. A victory would provide outstanding momentum for a team that has lost all five of its games by a single possession. The Wolves plans to put Elliott’s versatility to good use in hopes of achieving that goal.
“I’m having a great season,” said Elliott who has 26 solo tackles and four sacks thus far. “I’m playing more D-tackle right now, but this week I’m playing D-end. Everything is going well.”
College coaches from across the country have long salivated over the 6-5 300-pounder’s ability to play inside and out, but only four programs are still vying for his services. Baylor (whom he was once committed to), Texas, Oklahoma, and Michigan are the last teams standing.
For weeks Elliott has been telling anyone that would listen that one of those suitors has a clear lead over the others.
“Michigan,” he said matter-of-factly.
“It’s Coach (Greg) Mattison. The relationship he built with me and my mom and my coaches and everybody around me. He just takes the extra step.”
When asked if the bond with Mattison was the strongest that he and his mom had with a coach, Elliott didn’t mince words.
“Yeah… that is,” he replied.
The relationship really began growing in earnest when the Wolverines worked a satellite camp in Houston last summer. Multiple trips to his school in subsequent months, including one by Mattison during the bye week a few weeks back, only served to strengthen the four-star standout’s affinity for the Maize & Blue. Their performance on the field has had a positive impact also.
“They’re doing great,” Elliott said regarding Michigan. “I don’t think Coach Harbaugh is going to leave Michigan anytime soon and I don’t think any other coaches on that staff will either. Over the years they’re going to build one of the best programs in the nation.”
Elliott will get an up-close view of Michigan’s program when he makes his way to Ann Arbor for the first time for his official visit December 11th. A great experience could cement the Wolverines’ lead, but the blueprint for pulling that off is an enigma even to the young man himself.
“Of course academics (will be important), but then again all of these schools have great academics,” said Elliott. “So (I’ll be evaluating) the coaching staff and a lot of things that I haven’t even figured out yet.”
“That’s the thing… when I go to these schools I’m not looking for anything (in particular). I’m (looking for) a feel. I just want to experience how it makes me feel.”
And Elliott insists one issue common to many prospects won’t have any bearing on his comfort level.
“(Distance from home) is not a factor at all,” he said. “My mom and I discussed it. I’m totally fine with going as far as I need to go, and she is fine with that too.”
The visits will ultimately tell the recruiting tale for the talented youngster. Then shortly after the New Year he plans to share his decision with the world.
“(Remaining visit dates) are not set in stone yet, but this month I should take Baylor and Oklahoma.”
“(The commitment) going to be at the (Army) All American (January 9th). I already have it set up.”