Details Slow on McClendon Move

Jacques McClendon's abrupt departure from The Baylor School in Chattanooga a mere five weeks before he was set to graduate has set off alarms and concern in Big Orange Country.

McClendon, the state's highest rated prospect and the most celebrated of Tennessee's 2006 signees, withdrew from Baylor on Wednesday and enrolled in Walker County High School in Bradley County. How the 6-foot-3, 325-pound lineman's eligibility will be impacted by the transfer is not known.

However sources close to the situation indicate the move wasn't made because of any academic deficiencies or discipline problems on McClendon's part, but instead center around The Baylor School's certification as determined and recognized by the NCAA. If true, that would present serious problems getting McClendon's transcript through the clearinghouse and delay his enrollment.

Attempts to contact McClendon at home in Cleveland the last two days have been unsuccessful, and Baylor is restricted from addressing specifics as they relate to a student's personnel record or academic standing.

McClendon, who committed to the Vols last spring, was the only UT signee to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was expected to enroll at Tennessee in the first summer semester and compete for playing time in the offensive line next fall.

Inside Tennessee will bring our readers more details as they become available.


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