The 2006 Rose Bowl is not a day USC fans remember fondly, although ironically, the Trojans football team made a fan in Houston (Texas) four-star defensive tackle Jordan Elliott despite losing in the national championship game.
While that loss was almost a decade ago, USC remains a school Elliott
has rooting interest in.
“I’m letting everybody know, USC is my leader,” said Elliott. “They’re
my No. 1 right now. I’m still open and not committing anywhere, but
they’re my leader.
“I first started watching them when they played Texas. After that game,
I just fell in love with USC. I started researching them everyday to
find out more about the school. I’d find out something new about them
“That really became my dream school. It is my dream school. I just have
to get out there and see it in person. I’m working on that right now.”
Elliott, who recently de-committed from Baylor, isn’t just giving USC
fans lip service when he says he has researched the school either.
“I want to major in business marketing, and USC has one of the top
business schools in the nation,” said Elliott. “I’ve seen pictures of
the campus and facilities — they all look really nice.
“I like that California feel. I’ve always just imagined how it will be
when I get up there.”
That trip will mostly likely happen in June, although Elliott is still
in the process of planning his summer itinerary.
“That visit is essential — I’m going to get out there,” said Elliott.
Elliott’s last trip and only trip to Southern California came when he
was 6-years-old. That was when his uncle, who now resides in Houston
(Texas), lived just outside Los Angeles.
USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson is in charge of orchestrating a
trip back to Los Angeles for Elliott.
“Coach Wilson was the one I first spoke to from USC,” said Elliott. “He
called my head coach and my head coach gave me his number. It was
exciting knowing that USC was interested in me.
“We talked for about 30 minutes. He told me about the school and
building a relationship together. Coach Wilson really wants me to see
everything up close. It was a good experience speaking with him.”
At 6-foot-4, 300-pounds, Elliott plays both defensive end and defensive
tackle in high school. Maybe his biggest question about USC going into
an unofficial visit this summer is scheme.
“I still need to know more about how they would use me,” said Elliott.
“I still have to talk about how I fit into their scheme with Coach
But USC is hardly the only school pursuing Elliott. Thursday, Michigan
defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin was at Westside High School to see
“Florida State, USC, Michigan… those schools really sparked my
interest,” said Elliott. “I have interest in any school
recruiting me right now.
“I’m de-committed from Baylor, but Baylor is still in it too. Every
school who is taking a chance on me, I’m considering them an option.”
Elliott has scholarship offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma,
Oklahoma State and several other schools closer to home, so his options
“As far as going in state or out of state, it’s solely up to me,” said
Elliott. “My parents want me to follow what’s best for me. I really
don’t know where I’ll be yet.”
There is potential that Elliott graduates from high school midyear,
although summer school will dictate whether that is a real possibility
Regardless, he does not plan on making another commitment any time
“It’s going to be late — like December late when I make my decision,”
said Elliott. “If I don’t graduate early, I may announce at the Army
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