When Tom Herman added Ed Oliver as a defensive tackle commitment, it opened a lot of eyes to what he and his staff could do at the University of Houston. When they added a commitment from another stud defensive tackle in Jordan Elliott, it showed that what they were doing was no fluke.
It’s going to be a battle to keep Elliott in the fold with programs like LSU, Texas, and USC all still in pursuit of him. If the Cougars can hold onto Elliott and Oliver, they are going to have a potentially dynamic and disruptive duo in the middle of their defense.
Elliott is a very good athlete for a big man and moves really well laterally. He has elite size and strength with great length to go with it. He still has a lot of development to do physically and could probably easily get to the 315 range and and maintain his athleticism.
Elliott played mostly on the edge for his high school team as a junior. It showcased his athleticism and with him keeping contain versus more athletic players. It also made him a little bit more passive and didn’t force him to always have a consistent punch. He flashes violence and strength, but doesn’t always bring his hands. The tools are there for him to shock offensive linemen with his hands.
His stance isn’t great and needs to be fixed. It a big reason why he will get too high and expose his chest too often. Once he gets that changed, it should make a big difference.
He flashes a great first step. Like most young guys it’s about him doing it every snap. When he gets off the football low and explosive, he is dominant at the point of attack and can penetrate through the line of scrimmage.
When he doesn’t have a great first step, he has a habit of standing up and then jumping around blocks rather than fighting through them. That’s something he’ll have to get away from at the college level.
Elliott has great potential as a pass rusher. His flexibility and the explosive lateral movement he flashes is what is truly impressive. He isn’t developed with his hands and must avoid the long swim move he uses, but his length is going to be a huge asset for him.
He’s probably athletic enough to play the three technique and I’m sure that’s where he would like to play at the next level. He’s big and strong enough to project at the one technique, but I’m not sure he is suited to play there early. It will be interesting to see where he ends up.
Elliott has elite tools to become a difference making player in the middle of a defense.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach)