Looking to sprint to the finish with the 2016 recruiting class, Michigan is just as involved in protecting current verbal commitments as the Wolverines are adding others to the list. One name continuing to garner interest from other suitors is 2016 Westside (Tex.) Houston four-star defensive tackle Jordan Elliott. Previously committed to both Baylor and Houston before leaving both out in the cold for Michigan, Elliott maintains he's solid in his commitment to Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.
“If I could sign today I would," Elliott told The Michigan Insider. "I made my mind up, There’s no flipping for me. I haven’t even talked to any other coaches. I just don’t talk to them. I don’t respond.
"It’s Michigan. I only talk to Michigan coaches. I only think about Michigan. It’s all I think about. You know,...that’s my school.”
With that in mind, Elliott spent a great deal of time at the practices leading up to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, getting to know and bonding with his future teammates in Ann Arbor.
“They’re all good people... all funny," he said laughingly. "It’s just good to be out here connecting with my teammates. It’s a good experience and I’m really enjoying it.”
Even though Michigan's class is close to being wrapped up, Elliott continues to be in the ear of others with a decision to make prior to signing day.
“You know I talk to them, tell em about Michigan, see what they're saying," he said. "The one’s that come, will come. The one’s that don’t I really can’t change their minds."
"It’s never recruiting. I am just trying to make relationships with people."
The big fish for Michigan remains the No. 1 player in the country in New Jersey defensive tackle Rashan Gary.
While some could get scared off by having another star player next to him, Elliott says he'd embrace the addition of another big guy joining him in the middle of the Wolverines' defense.
“You know that’s big," he said. "It’s always to have playmakers on your team, espescially people like Rashan, people with high motors.
"It just brings another element to your defense espescially with Don Brown being our new defensive coordinator.”
On Brown, Elliott couldn't be more excited to play for Michigan's new defensive coordinator.
“Oh yeah, it’s a great hire, I’m glad coach Harbaugh decided to pick him. He’ll have blitzes coming left and right.”
Overall, Elliott's time in San Antonio is about improvement.
“I’m just working on my pad level, shedding blocks, just things I’ve been working on," he said. "I’m blessed. Just things that I’ve been working on are starting to pay off."
"Unfortunately I didn't get to practice as much in the afternoon because I tweaked my hamstring. But I’ll be out here tomorrow ready to go.”
Video by Sam Webb. Quotes courtesy of Eugene Hankerson.