After a year at Garden City Community College, DeMarcus Elliott made a name for himself.
The former Garden City High School football standout did not have the offers he was looking for coming out of high school, but he did after starting at defensive tackle for the Broncbusters in a national runner-up season.
On Wednesday, on his old stomping grounds of GCHS, Elliott signed his national letter of intent with the University of Indiana. He announced his commitment on May 8 on Twitter, and made it official Wednesday during a signing ceremony at GCHS.
"It feels great," Elliott said Wednesday. "It’s a DI program and a great one at that. They are building something special and I get to go up vs. some of the best competition there is so I can prove it to all the people who said that I can’t play at the highest level."
“This has been a goal of his for a very long time,” Elliott's former high school coach Brian Hill said, “and I’m happy to see him finally achieve it.”
As a freshman at GCCC, Elliott anchored a defensive line that allowed a little more than 100 rushing yards per game, 13th best in the NJCAA. He had 19 tackles and a tackle for loss.
As a senior at GCHS, Elliott played on both sides of the ball, recording 81 tackles, 18 ½ for loss, 3 ½ sacks and an interception.
“He’s always been really mature,” Hill said. “That’s what’s allowed him to play at such a young age. You can see the passion and desire to be a good football player at an early age.”
And it’s what helped him start for the Busters as a freshman.
“Being able to play for a team that played for the national championship just really shows you how skilled he is and that he was ready to take that next step,” Hill said.
His next step is trying to help out an Indiana defense that was 88th in opponents yards per play a year ago, when the Hoosiers went 5-7 overall and 2-7 in the Big Ten.