The future of Tennessee’s football program is uncertain, and it’s highly possible that coach Butch Jones won’t be back next season. That’s something that could certainly impact recruiting. In fact, it already has — in a major way.
Five-star offensive tackle Cade Mays announced on Twitter Tuesday morning that he has de-committed from Tennessee, a major blow for the Vols’ 2018 recruiting class.
Here is the full message that Mays posted announcing his decision:
“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, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 318 pounds, is the No. 1 recruit from Tennessee in the 247sports composite rankings. He is the No. 2 offensive tackle in the class and the No. 15 recruit overall. Mays plays for Knoxville Catholic High School.
It’s possible that Mays will end up at Georgia, where he visited this past weekend. He also has another visit with the Bulldogs planned in December. Mays also has visits lined up with Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame.
For the Vols, it’s certainly been a tough season as they’ve gone 4-5, but are winless against SEC opponents. This could be just the start of the disappointing season impacting them on the recruiting trail.
After the loss of Mays, Tennessee’s 2018 class ranks No. 13 in the nation, per 247sports. Mays had been the Vols’ only 5-star commit.