Grid signee changes schools

A player regarded by some as the top prospect in Tennessee's latest football signing class has changed high schools in abrupt fashion.

Jacques McClendon, featured on the cover of the March issue of Rocky Top News, withdrew from The Baylor School in Chattanooga earlier this week and enrolled at Walker County High School in nearby Bradley County. Why McClendon would make such a move so late in his senior year is unknown.

A 6-foot-3, 325-pounder, McClendon was a Parade All-American in 2005 who participated in the U.S. Army All-America game. He was rated the No. 13 offensive line prospect nationally by and the No. 55 overall prospect. He also played defense, registering 55 tackles and six sacks as a senior.

The Baylor School declined to comment on McClendon's departure but Michael McBrien, associate head for student affairs, issued the following statement:

"Pursuant to school policy, we cannot discuss the specifics of (the student's) situation. Jacques has a promising future ahead of him, and we wish him well in both his educational and athletic pursuits."

McClendon, who is projected to play guard at Tennessee, was expected to enroll at UT in time for one of the summer school sessions.

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