Tennessee Commitment Visits Tide

Four-star lineman Jacques McClendon took an official visit to the University of Alabama for the Tennessee game. McClendon is a verbal commit to the Volunteers. He talks about his official visit with the Crimson Tide.

"I thought the game was great," said Jacques McClendon. "It was a defensive game. The better team won the game on Saturday. It was a great game to watch."

"This was my second trip to Alabama, but it was the first game I have ever attended. The atmosphere was wonderful. The Alabama fans are crazy. I heard a few people chanting my name, but it was nothing like the chants I heard for [Tim] Tebow. They were going crazy over him. I don't think many people knew I was coming for the game. It was great to have people chanting you name," McClendon added.

The Alabama coaching staff has made a great impression with McClendon as he stated, "I love the coaching staff. They are very energetic. They have turned the program around. Alabama is heading in the right direction. The best thing about my visit was how honest the coaching staff was to me. They let me know how much they needed me, and how they will continue to recruit me very hard."

"I think Coach Shula is a great coach. He is a young guy, and he is down to earth. All the players think he is a great guy, and they love him. I enjoyed hanging out with Sparky Woods[McClendon's recruiting coach]. He showed me a great time. He took care of my mom all weekend. She loved him. She gave her approval for Alabama."

McClendon's player host came to the Tide as an out-of-state lineman as well.

"My host was Lorenzo Washington," McClendon said. "He is a great guy. I am sure he is a great player. All the coaches told me he was. He showed me a great time this weekend. I really enjoyed hanging out with him. We hung out with a few other players as well. I met Travis McCall, John Parker Wilson and Brandon Fanney. I already knew Brandon Deaderick and Theo Townsend."

After an exciting football game and spending time with several players Saturday night, McClendon had an early Sunday morning as he toured the Alabama campus.

"I really enjoyed seeing everything," he said. "I love the campus. They are doing a lot of good things down there. I saw the academic facilities, and they were really nice. I ended up getting back to Chattanooga late Sunday night. The official visit helped Alabama a lot. I love it down there."

McClendon met several Tide verbal commitments during his official visit and said, "I met David Ross, Taylor Pharr, Brian Motley and Charlie Higgenbotham. They were all telling me I needed to jump on board. David Ross was talking to me the whole time. He said if I came to Alabama we would have the best offensive line class in the country."

"I hung out with Tebow a lot as well. We plan on making an official visit to Florida together for the Florida State game. We are playing in the U.S. Army All-American game together as well," McClendon added.

McClendon is listed as an offensive lineman on the South Hot 100, and that is the position Alabama is recruiting the two way lineman for.

"The coaches told me I would have the opportunity to choose which position I want to play, but I think I would be best at right guard," he said. "David Ross said we could have the best offensive line class in the country, and I would love to play on the offensive line with those guys."

McClendon rates Alabama among his favorites and considers himself a soft verbal to Tennessee. He has a few other schools in mind as well.

"I have been to Alabama and Notre Dame for official visits. I am going to Auburn, Florida and Tennessee for officials. The Auburn visit is going to be for the Iron Bowl. Florida for the Florida State game, and Tennessee is December 10," McClendon said.

"I am not going to rush into anything. I want to fully evaluate each program before I make my decision. I really don't know when I will decide," McClendon added.

"I am trying to find the place where I feel the most comfortable. I am not really going to look at depth charts. There is going to be competition no matter where I go. I want to be very comfortable with the campus."

Baylor (6-3) will host Montgomery Bell Academy Friday night for a big region game to determine their seeding in the play-offs.

McClendon has recorded 45 tackles and four sacks from his defensive tackles position.

McClendon is on track to qualify with a score of 22 on the ACT (sophomore year).

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