USC Target Jordan Elliott De-Commits From Houston

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Four-star defensive tackle Jordan Elliott of Houston, Tex. has de-committed from his second in-state school. The longtime USC recruiting target announced that he’s opening up his recruitment process after a four-month pledge to Houston, following a previous commitment to Baylor.

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Elliott announced the news on Twitter, giving the following statement:

"I would like to thank UH for the wonderful opportunity that they have given me. But doing that’s best for me has brought me to the point where I need to continue my recruitment process. They’ve shown nothing but love. I need to make sure I make the right choice in where I’m spending my next 4 years [sic]"

For USC, this is without a doubt huge news. The Trojans have been in on Elliott for a while and at one point this spring were his No. 1 school after de-committing from Baylor.

In July, Elliott announced that he would be taking an official visit to USC this fall, in addition to national powers Alabama, LSU, Michigan and in-state Texas.

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Houston was omitted from that list, which at the time was seen as a local recruit opting to take his paid-for visits and rely on unfunded unofficial visits to his nearby school of choice, much like Adoree’ Jackson and Iman Marshall did with USC. Now however, it could easily be viewed as a precursor to the de-commitment.

Steve Sarkisian’s staff will be hoping that his recruitment follows the path of Tyler Petite of the 2015 class. Petite originally committed to Duke over USC last summer, shocking Trojans fans before ultimately flipping to the Trojans shortly before Signing Day.

Currently, USC has 16 commitments in the 2016 recruiting class including three defensive linemen in Keyshon Camp, Liam Jimmons and Keanu Saleapaga.

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