Just in case Missouri fans weren’t excited enough about Terry Beckner Jr.’s announced return for 2018, Jordan Elliott, who is sitting out this season after transferring from Texas, decided to remind everyone that he too is a blue-chip athlete.
Elliott was the No. 115 prospect in the country coming out of high school and quickly flashed high-level potential before battling an MCL injury as a freshman in Austin. He played in the first half of the season and cracked the rotation enough to record four solo tackles, four assisted tackles, and 1.5 tackles for loss.
He gained some weight post-injury and fell in and out of favor with new Texas head coach Tom Herman. After last spring, he elected to transfer and gave Mizzou a look because that’s where his former defensive line coach, Brick Haley, had ended up.
Elliott’s tweets caused enough of a buzz that the Missourian reached out to Jamaul Mason, Elliott’s former coach at Houston Westside.
Mason said Elliott has a special blend of speed and size. His first step is among the best the coach has ever worked with, and his long arms made him nearly impossible to block in high school. With his dynamic skillset, Elliott could continue Missouri's pipeline of defensive linemen to the NFL.
"I think he has an excellent opportunity to play on Sundays," Mason said.
Mizzou will have one of the deepest sets of tackles in the SEC, and maybe the country, next year. Starter A.J. Logan departs, but Beckner and Elliott will be joined by seniors-to-be Rashad Brandon and Walter Palmore (who combined for 7.5 TFLs and took part in 15 run stuffs in their first season post-JUCO), junior-to-be Markell Utsey, and sophomores-to-be Kobie Whiteside and four-star Akial Byers. The defensive end position is undergoing a decent amount of turnover, but the Tigers are stocked in the middle.
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