Safety Elliott commits to Longhorns

Charlie Strong and his Texas coaching staff made DeShon Elliott a priority, and that move paid off on Tuesday.

Elliott, a safety, became the Longhorns' eighth verbal commitment for their 2015 class after announcing his decision on his Twitter account.

Elliott chose Texas over Texas A&M and also held offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Iowa and Colorado.

The hard-hitting 6-foot-2, 205-pound defensive back could have a future at safety or outside linebacker at the college level and fits the type of hybrid role that Strong and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford are looking for as they build their base defense. As a junior, he recorded 70 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, three interceptions and forced three fumbles.

Elliott was one of the first recruits to receive an offer from Strong and the new staff at its first junior day in February, and ever since then Elliott had been flirting with the idea of wrapping up his recruitment. He joins offensive tackle Ronnie Major and defensive end Charles Omenihu as the third 2015 recruit to give a pledge to Texas since Strong took over.

It's a recruiting victory for Texas not only because Elliott fits a need and offers legitimate playmaking ability, but also because it's a victory over Texas A&M in a battle for a defensive back that every other in-state Big 12 program wanted.

The Aggies had flipped three former Texas commits -- 2014 defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson, 2014 linebacker Otaro Alaka and 2015 offensive tackle Connor Lanfear -- since Mack Brown's departure, but the secondary continues to be an area of need for A&M's defense in this recruiting cycle and the Aggies already had a verbal pledge from Elliott's teammate Trevor Elbert, an ESPN 300 tackle.