Mocs sign Tunnel Hill native Jordan McClure to Tennis NLI
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's tennis head coach Chuck Merzbacher announced the signing of three-star prep prospect Jordan McClure on Tuesday. A native of Tunnel Hill, Ga., the Mocs say McClure is one of the top youth players in the region.
"I am excited to have Jordan join the Mocs next fall," stated Merzbacher. "Aside from his tennis accomplishments, Jordan is a local athlete from just down the road in Tunnel Hill, Ga. We want to continue to have a strong pull for local and in-state athletes.
McClure was listed at No. 48 on the November Hot 100 on TennisRecruiting.net, the same group that gave him the three-star rating. McClure is an honor roll student who is set to graduate in the spring from the Georgia Connections Academy.
"I believe Jordan has tremendous upside and his game is built for college tennis," added Merzbacher. "We are already seeing his ranking improve with each tourney he competes. I look forward to Jordan challenging for the singles and doubles line-ups, and making contributions to the program as his game progresses."
McClure is the No. 8 player in Georgia and ranked No. 55 in the Southeast Section. He is a member of the ATI Tennis Academy and a third place finisher in USTA Team Tennis Nationals. He was also a finalist in doubles at the 2015 USTA Southern Closed and has earned multiple sportsmanship awards at Southern USTA Tournaments.
The son of Mike and Amy McClure, Jordan has an older brother, Phillip. He comes from the tennis family, with Amy competing in tennis at Shorter College from 1991-94. Jordan plans to major in Marketing at UTC.
The Mocs return five starters to their 2020 spring lineup that includes three seniors on the roster. UTC is coming off a 14-11 overall record in 2019, the most wins for the program since 2012. UTC finished third in the SoCon at 4-3, its highest finish in the league's regular season since 1999. Merzbacher also earned 2019 SoCon Coach of the Year honors.