Mizzou will boost its defensive line with a former four-star recruit.
As PowerMizzou.com’s Gabe DeArmond reported on Friday night, defensive tackle Jordan Elliott will transfer to Missouri and join the Tigers. Elliott, who played his freshman season at the University of Texas, received his release from the Longhorns program earlier this week.
The 6-foot-4, 318-pounder played in six games for the Longhorns as a true freshman in 2016, collecting eight tackles, including 1.5 for loss. Elliott also participated in the Longhorns’ spring game back in April, accumulating three tackles, including two sacks.
As is common practice for Division I transfers, Elliott will have to sit out the 2017 season before playing in any games for the Tigers, but he’s still got three seasons of eligibility remaining and will have the opportunity to play for a long while in Columbia.
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Elliott was ranked as a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star prospect by Rivals when he signed with Texas last spring. ESPN also ranked him as the 14th-best player in the state of Texas.
It’s worth noting that Elliott’s tall, thick frame would make him a good fit as a 5-tech tackle in a 3-4 defense, and Mizzou has been rumored to be making a gradual transition towards a 3-4 look. With that said, he’s also got the build to thrive as the nose tackle in the scheme that Mizzou has used for many years up to this point.