Anytime you lose depth along the line it never a good thing, but when you lose two linemen in the same day, it is a tough blow. On Thursday, defensive lineman Jordan Elliott announced via social media that he will be transferring from the Longhorns, and a Texas spokesperson confirmed shortly thereafter that defensive lineman Marcel Southall has also left the team.
Elliott was a highly touted 4-star member of the Longhorn’s 2016 class out of Houston, TX. He played in six games as a freshman last season before a knee injury limited his playing time. His departure is somewhat surprising after a spring game in which he had two sacks. He was on track to receive significant minutes this season for the Longhorns.
In the end though, it would appear that Elliott, who was recruited by former coach Charlie Strong, did not feel like he was a good fit for the new coaching staff. In his post on Instagram, he indicated that he had been thinking of transferring for “many months”.
Southall was also a member of the Longhorn’s 2016, but redshirted his freshman year. He becomes the fifth scholarship holder to leave the Texas program since coach Tom Herman was hired.
There was no reason given for Southall’s decision to leave the program, but he was held out of spring practice as he focused on academics.
The loss of two d-linemen is a blow for a unit that coach Herman has been concerned about. Herman openly criticized the group back in March.
“We’ve gotta find some D-linemen,” Herman said. “I’m not sure about the types of bodies we have there. We’ve gotta find some length.”
If Herman is going to find some D-linemen, his pool to fish from just got smaller. The departure of Elliott and Southall leave just five defensive tackles on the roster, three of which were also members of the 2016 recruiting class and have limited experience.