RECRUITING: Jacques McClendon

Chattanooga - At 3:50 today Jacques McClendon of Baylor High School in Chattanooga Tennessee was named to the Army All-America team. Jacques received his official invitation from Sgt. Walter Mosley to participate in the upcoming Army All-American Game to be played on Jan. 7th in San Antonio Texas.

Jacques McClendon received his official invitation from Sgt. Walter Mosley to participate in the upcoming Army All-American Game to be played on Jan. 7th in San Antonio Texas.

Jacques was flanked by his mother Stephanie McClendon and Sgt. Mosley. Baylor principal Bill Stacy, head football coach David Bibee and Baylor athletic director Austin Clark were also on the stage. The entire Baylor football team and several local and regional media were also in attendance.

When asked about his "Soft commitment" to the University of Tennessee, Jacques responded by saying "I think they (the recruiting experts) do that because I am taking all five of my officials." Then he also said "I have a visit scheduled for Notre Dame in 3 weeks (the USC game), I'm still going to keep my options open and see what happens".

In addition to Notre Dame, Jacques plans to take visits to Auburn, Florida and he said "I'm still talking to a couple more colleges to see what that last one is going to be".

USC was on Jacques list but he said "I'm done talking to USC. It's just too far away".

In describing his play thus far in 2005, Jacques said "I've had an ok season. I'm trying to do what I can do to help my team win, but you can always play better".

What else does Jacques do? In his own words, "I'm a boarding student here at the school so there's nothing but homework and football for me".

Jacques' coach David Bibee had this to say about his student athlete "He is definitely a big-time offensive lineman" He also said that "he could play inside on defense". Bibee says that Jacques, now a lean 325 is "smart, strong, and quick" but he also is advanced physically noting "he's already like a sophomore or junior (in college) because of his strength". Bibee beamed with pride as he described Jacques academic progress "He qualified with his SAT before Christmas his sophomore year. That's why people(recruiters) got on him so fast".

Jacques' mother Stephanie, like all good mothers said "I want him to play where he's happy – most at home". She did a good job. Jacques is very smart. He is articulate, polite and genuine.

Before the official announcement, Stephanie came up and hardly recognized Jacques, already sporting the black "06 Army All-American" jersey. They playfully engaged in banter and Jacques described their relationship, by saying "Sometimes she's like my sister but most of the time, she's mom".

Jacques' selection makes him the 30th of 78 players to be announced. He is the first from the state of Tennessee.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will once again be played in San Antonio on NBC. The game time is set for 1:00PM eastern. For more on the game, stay tuned to Scout.com or go to AllAmericanGames.com.


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