This certainly won’t go over well in Knoxville.
Just when things started to slightly calm down on Rocky Top after Tennessee won its first game in over a month last weekend against Southern Miss, the gem of the Vols’ 2018 recruiting class has officially decommitted from the program.
Knoxville native and five-star lineman Cade Mays made the announcement via Twitter Tuesday morning. Mays had been committed for over two years and has long been the main recruiter for the program since that time. His father played for Tennessee under Phil Fulmer.
Here’s the message Mays posted Tuesday morning:
“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Please respect my decision. pic.twitter.com/ANvoIpP1Bf
— Cade Mays (@_mayc2) November 7, 2017
Mays’ decision to decommit comes after he unofficially visited Georgia and Clemson on back-to-back weekends. Uncommitted five-star OL Jamaree Salyer has said in the past the one player he most wants to play with in college if Mays. Both prospects visited Athens last weekend and both appear to have Clemson and UGA as two finalists.
Mays currently ranks as a five-star prospect, the No. 1 player in the state of Tennessee and the No. 15 overall player in the nation according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He has also been selected to compete in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Game.
A possible silver lining in Mays’ recruitment for Tennessee, the Knoxville native has indicated in the past he would still consider attending school at Tennessee regardless of who the coach is on Rocky Top. If Butch Jones is let go in the near future, his replacement would be wise to make his first call to Mays. While he likely won’t have long to win Mays back over, he also won’t have travel very far to go to visit him.