Cade Mays transferred from Georgia to Tennessee, and he was cleared to play this season following the Vols’ season opener. The junior offensive lineman has now played the past three weeks for Tennessee, marking his first games with the program.

There had been a lot in the news regarding Mays’ decision to leave Georgia, as it didn’t seem like it ended on good terms. During the summer, Mays’ lawyer made claims that he was in a “toxic environment” while with the Bulldogs.

On Tuesday, Mays was asked about his transfer decision when he spoke with the media.

“It wasn’t the right environment for me,” Mays said, according to Kipp Adams of “I made some great memories there, I’ve got friends for life down there. It just wasn’t the right environment for me. I obviously transferred and now I’m here and I’m happy with where I am.

“There were just things that were not really, I’m looking for the right word. … Things that just, it wasn’t really for me. I felt like I had to transfer. I did so, and now I’m happy with where I am.”

Mays had originally committed to Tennessee before flipping to Georgia and joining the Bulldogs for the 2018 season. He’s now teammates with his younger brother, freshman offensive lineman Cooper Mays, on the Vols.

“Even when I went to UGA I still had great friends on this team, it was awesome to come back and see my friends and be a part of this team,” Mays told the media. “I feel like I’ve grown up a lot in the last two, two and a half years. I feel like I’ve matured a lot on the field, off the field. I like the person I’ve become.”

Mays and the Vols are looking to bounce back from two straight losses when they host Alabama on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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