Jacob Cendoya, a quarterback from Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek, will walk-on at Tennessee and compete for a spot on the Vols' roster.
Photo: Daniel Varnado, AJC file
Photo: Daniel Varnado, AJC file

QB from North Fulton is a preferred walk-on for Tennessee Vols

Jacob Cendoya changed his mind earlier this month.

The senior at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek was once committed to Troy to play baseball. But after a visit to an SEC school, he’s decided to pursue football as his collegiate sport.

Cendoya, a 6-foot-1 quarterback from Alpharetta, committed to the University of Tennessee as a preferred walk-on.

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He visited with the Vols’ coaching staff on March 1, and 247sports reported six days later that he had committed to Tennessee. The Vols will be led next season by first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt, who comes to Knoxville after serving as Alabama’s defensive coordinator.

As a preferred walk-on, Cendoya won't have a scholarship from the school, but he will have a spot on the team and get all of the support that a scholarship athlete would.

Cendoya was named to Georgia’s Class-A all-state team as a senior. He threw for 2,887 yards, rushed for 1,219, and accounted for 51 of the team’s touchdowns. Mount Pisgah finished the season with an 8-3 record.

He also had scholarship offers from FCS football schools including The Citadel, East Tennessee State, Savannah State, Saint Francis and Jacksonville.

In the quarterback room at Tennessee, Cendoya joins four other quarterbacks, including another walk-on, two sophomores, a three-star freshman and a graduate transfer from Stanford.

The Vols open their 2018 campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina, facing the West Virginia Mountaineers on Sept. 1.

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