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James left in limbo after Kiffin bails

The strange recruiting journey for Ja'Wuan James took another turn on Wednesday.

The North Gwinnett offensive lineman was expected to attend his first day of class at Tennessee, though it got interesting Tuesday night when head coach Lane Kiffin resigned after just one season at the helm.

James, the No. 1 offensive tackle in Georgia, graduated from North Gwinnett a semester early to enroll at Tennessee. He would not tell media outlets whether he attended class on Wednesday, which could affect his eligibility to transfer.

The Associated Press reported that Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton met with eight recruits who enrolled early and told them to "go to class." Hamilton said he already met with those eight players and though he didn't have an attendance sheet with him, since the recruits were on campus at 12:01 a.m. that means they are enrolled at Tennessee.

The departure of Kiffin is the latest twist in college recruiting for James, who along with his fellow early enrollees now face an uncertain future at the SEC school.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound James committed to Alabama in May, but later decommitted from the Tide and reopened his recruitment during the football season.

He selected Tennessee in November, but that decision came with some unwanted attention. James was visited by the NCAA in December to investigate allegations that Tennessee used improper recruiting tactics.

"I made my decision because at the time I really wanted to go there," James told the Gwinnett Daily Post last week. "But I changed my mind and now I'm where I want to be."

Kiffin was hired Tuesday night as the head coach at Southern California, where he was an assistant from 2001-06. Kiffin takes over for Pete Carroll, who accepted the head coaching job with the Seattle Seahawks.

Wide receivers coach Kippy Brown has been named interim head coach at Tennessee.