Melvin McBride won’t suit up in a Tennessee football uniform.
The freshman offensive lineman is retiring due a medical issue, he announced on Twitter and Tennessee announced later Wednesday.
“Melvin is a great young man, and my heart breaks for him and his family,” Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt said in a school release. “However, I’m glad that we have an outstanding medical staff that did a great job identifying the problem when Melvin first arrived here. We are always going to do what’s best for our student-athletes here at Tennessee. He is certainly a Vol for Life and will continue to be a big part of our program.”
McBride will continue with the program and remain on scholarship after his “personal medical condition” was discovered during a physical after he arrived on campus.
“Today I Officially Announce My Retirement From Football Due To Health Problems,” McBride wrote. “I Would Just Like To Say That Football Has Change My Life And Bless Me In Ways I Could Never Imagine. But Now God Has A New Journey For Me..”
McBride, who signed with Tennessee in December and enrolled in May, is the fifth UT offensive lineman to take a medical disqualification this offseason.
Offensive linemen Devante Brooks, Chance Hall, Tanner Antonutti and Eric Crosby already moved onto medical exemption scholarship.
UT also had linebacker Darrin Kirkland and tight end James Brown retire due to injury.
McBride committed to Tennessee in August 2018. He graduated from Memphis Whitehaven.
The 6-foot-3, 312-pound McBride was ranked the No. 476 prospect nationally and No. 16 in the state of Tennessee, according to the 247Sports Composite.