Jordan Elliott's athleticism at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds is a big reason he is ranked No. 105 on the Scout 300 and is ranked as Scout's No. 3 defensive tackle in the state of Texas in the class of 2016.
When Texas made its in-home visit with Elliott on Saturday, head coach Charlie Strong brought the Lombardi Award won by Texas' Brian Orakpo in 2008 and indicated to Elliott he could follow in Orakpo's footsteps and win the same kind of hardware at UT.
"I describe my game as violent, aggressive - always ready to hit somebody," Elliott said. "I have a passion for the game. One thing I do really well is read offenses. I don't get fooled."
Elliott was sort of the prodigal recruit in 2016. He had committed to Baylor, Houston and Michigan before finally signing with Texas. Elliott took visits to Nebraska, Oklahoma, Baylor, Michigan and Texas. In addition to those schools, Elliott held offers from USC, Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, TCU, Georgia, Florida and Notre Dame, among a long list of others.
Elliott's physically mature frame should allow him to get on the field as a freshman.
Analysis by Scout's Greg Powers:
Athletic enough to play defensive end and powerful enough to play inside and take on the double team as a defensive tackle. Very quick off the ball, and you often forget that he is a legit 300-pounder moving around the way he is. Very smooth and plays with a low center of gravity, making it tough for offensive linemen to outposition him. Could be scheme versatile in college and play in many defenses, and that is why offers poured in for him.