Class of 2016 defensive tackle Jordan Elliott (Houston, Texas) committed to Michigan on Saturday during his official visit, giving the Wolverines their first defensive tackle of this recruiting cycle.
Elliott is a four-star prospect and the 14th-ranked defensive tackle in the class of 2016, according to the 247 Composite rankings.
Michigan is in need of reinforcements along the defensive line, as evidenced by performances in games against Indiana and Ohio State this season. Elliott adds some good depth and a player who will be a key factor in the rotation here.
At 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, Elliott gives the Wolverines a defensive tackle who is physically and athletically in the mold of Chris Wormley, or at least similar to him in build. He is strong and has great length to go along with all of his other attributes.
Elliott is a versatile talent who has the ability to play both inside and on the edge at times in certain fronts. He has a great first step, but does not always display it consistently. His lateral movement is a big positive, as well.
He needs to improve his hands and pass rush moves. Also, he has the tendency to fire out of his stance a bit high and get caught standing up.
Greg Mattison and DJ Durkin have themselves a nice piece here moving forward. A few of the recruiting services have him as a top-50 prospect and it is easy to see why when you watch his film. Elliott still appears to be scratching the surface of his skill set and putting everything together.
As far as what this means in the recruitment of five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary, it should not and likely will not affect anything. Gary is a talent you accommodate if he wants to come and Michigan will do just that if his interest is truly legitimate.