A bad season for the Tennessee Volunteers got even worse Tuesday.
Long-time Tennessee commit Cade Mays officially announced on Twitter his decision to decommit from the Vols, and the loss is a big one.
Mays is ranked by 247Sports as a five-star OL, the No. 1 player from the state of Tennessee, and the No. 15 overall player in the nation for the class of 2018. He is a hometown kid from Knoxville who has been committed to Tennessee for over two years, and it is hard to put into words how big a loss this is.
Mays has made unofficial visits to Clemson and Georgia this season, and it will be interesting to see if he chooses to join an SEC East rival after his decommitment from the Vols.
As one can imagine, news of the Vols loss spread quickly. Here is a look at reactions on Twitter from fans and media members:
Can't get much worse for Tennessee at this point. Time to do something John Currie.
— Mitch White (@m_white14) November 7, 2017
Not content to just fire Butch and move on, UT is gonna let him burn the program to the ground & make it a massive rebuild for the next guy.
— Russell Smith (@Russell___Smith) November 7, 2017
(Taylor is a four-star WR who is committed to Tennessee)
The Vols just played a game with 6 scholarship OL and then lost their 5-star tackle 3 days later. No overstating how big of a loss this is.
— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) November 7, 2017
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) November 7, 2017
At least Butch Jones is a great recruiter
— Cody McClure (@CodyMcClureCFB) November 7, 2017
Vols lose the one player they CAN’T lose https://t.co/uHQGLK57lH
— Austin Price (@AustinPriceless) November 7, 2017
— Chad Simmons (@ChadSimmons_) November 7, 2017
The highest rated commit in Tennessee's highly rated class backs out…East Tennessee local kid https://t.co/jxSJK2EIP8
— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) November 7, 2017
Mays had been the Vols leader in the 2018 recruiting class. Only time will tell if this causes a domino effect for Tennessee commits. https://t.co/OscGcnUGFr
— Marshall Hughes (@marshallhughes) November 7, 2017