What’s why he resisted the similar urge he recently began feeling for Michigan. That was until he made his way to Ann Arbor for the first time and found that his desire to don the winged helmet was strongest attraction he had felt to a school thus far.
“I was talking to my mom, and I’ve been considering this for a long time,” Elliott explained. “I felt like it was the right time to make (the commitment), so I did. (My mom) didn’t come with me, but we’re coming back up there in two weeks. She wanted me to wait, but then I showed her everything and told her all of the facts about it, so she (gave her blessing). We made a statement to the Texas coaching staff and we moved on from there.”
Needless to say the news was definitely well-received by the Michigan coaching staff.
“I let them know when we were eating in the (recruiting center),” Elliott recalled. “They were excited. Real excited (laughter).”
At 6-4, 300 lbs. Elliott is a prototypical interior defensive lineman, but he has the type of athleticism that allows him to also play on the edge. Harbaugh & company made it clear that they plan to put the talented youngster’s versatility to good use.
Said Elliott, “they said they are going to play me most at defensive end, but they’re going to play me all over the line.”
The thought of lining up next to his host for the weekend, sophomore nose tackle Bryan Mone, is the source of a great deal of excitement. Elliott bonded with his future line-mate and a number of other future teammates during his stay Ann Arbor.
“They’re cool,” Elliott said. “I love them!”
That’s yet another reason why he insists his commitment to Michigan is firm. So firm that he answered the question what other schools he’d be visiting before it was done being asked.
“None at all,” he said. “I’m done. No more.”
And how will he respond when other schools persist in recruiting him?
“I won’t respond,” said Elliott.
Now the four-star lineman’s focus shifts to preparing for the army All American game January 9th, and then getting prepared to begin his collegiate career at Michigan.
“I’m enrolling early, but it’s not in January,” he said. (Graduation) is at the beginning of April, I’m enrolling for the spring semester.