Michigan 2016 DT commit Jordan Elliott discusses his U.S. Army All-American Bowl experience, his future at U-M and more.

Michigan 2016 DT commit Jordan Elliott discusses his U.S. Army All-American Bowl experience, his future at U-M and the next "big time" recruit to join him in Ann Arbor.


SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Houston (Texas) Westside 2016 defensive tackle Jordan Elliott could have easily just enjoyed his last week as a high school football player.

After all, he’s been committed to Michigan since late November, and playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is just icing on the cake, right?

Well, that’s not case with Elliott, who came to the All-Star event with a totally different mindset.

“I always got something to prove,” Elliott said. “I always got a chip on my shoulder no matter what.”

Adding: “I am always looking to improve. I am a lot (more) powerful. A lot more quicker off the ball. Just little things like that help me advance my game.”

Overall, he says his experience during the week of practice turned out for the best.

“It was great,” Elliott said of his performance throughout the week. “I got to show off my skills to a high level of competition. It was good spirits.”

Talking Wolverines

As far as U-M is concerned, Elliott says U-M defensive line coach Greg Mattison remains one the main reasons he chose to wear the maize and blue.

“He’s like my father figure,” Elliott said of Mattison. “He’s a real cool dude, real laid back. But he’s a great coach and he has a wild side to him like all coaches do.”

However, he says there has been no talk of promised playing time with Mattison during his recruitment.

“I don’t ask coaches stuff like that,” Elliott said. “It is what it is. If I put the work in and I’m the better man, I’ll take it.”

In the meantime, Elliott says Michigan isn’t going to stop landing “big time” commits to join him U-M’s 2016 class.

“I think we are about to get about three more commits,” Elliott said. “Big time guys, DB’s, I think we are going to finish out strong.”

And four-star defensive back David Long might be the next player to choose Michigan, according to Elliot.

 “I think he’s into (Michigan),” Elliott said of Long. “You never know with a player. But I feel like he likes (U-M).”

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