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Kidney ailment keeps Baylor's Jumper from playing at Navy

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Colton Jumper worked out for two hours Wednesday morning then picked up the save in the annual Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Baseball Classic later in the day.

The Baylor all-state linebacker looks and feels in peak physical condition after signing Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship papers in February to play for Navy.

There's just one problem: Jumper can't get medical clearance to enroll at the Annapolis academy.

A battery of tests earlier this year revealed a kidney disease called membranous nephropathy, which causes blood vessels in the organ to thicken and sometimes leak blood into the urine. It has the potential to cause kidney failure in some rare cases, but could also disappear in as few as six months with little or no treatment.

"It's nothing serious, but it just happens to be one of those things on the military's list that it can't allow in," said Jumper, who learned his fate Tuesday just six days before he was set to arrive on Navy's campus. "I have no symptoms and my doctors say it could be gone in a few months, but it's just one of those things."

The news leaves Jumper's future in limbo as he tries to determine his next move.

The two-star recruit was heavily recruited by several FCS schools, and even briefly committed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, but ultimately opted for the FBS offer just before signing day.

He will likely try to make contact with some of those coaches over the next few weeks, but may also decide to spend a year in a post-graduate program then re-open his recruitment entirely.

"It's just really been a whirlwind since yesterday morning and I haven't really started talking to anybody yet. I'm still a little in shock, I guess," said Jumper, who recorded 132 tackles and eight sacks as a senior last fall. "But this is just a little speed bump. It's a somewhat annoying thing, but I'll end up looking back on this in 30 years and laugh about it because I'll know exactly why it happened.

"I just have to have faith, I guess."

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