Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss if Cade Mays’ de-commitment from the Vols could lead to more defections in the near future.
Tennessee publicly lost its commitment from Cade Mays on Tuesday, sending shock waves through Vols nation. It had been speculated during the past month that Mays had de-committed, but no public affirmation was interpreted as a good thing.
But now the cat is out of the bag and it could potentially send the Class of 2018 for Tennessee reeling.
Tennessee once held the best recruiting class in the SEC. It ranked among the top 5 classes in the country for a few months over the summer, too. The Vols have lost four commitments since the 41-0 loss to Georgia on Sept. 30. Mays joins Jatavious Harris, Brendon Harris and Lyn-J Dixon as de-commits this football season.
The Vols have stumbled to a 4-5 record, with all their losses coming to SEC teams.
Mays was a lead peer recruiter for many commits in the Class of 2018. Will his de-commitment lead to Tennessee losing more prospects?
Taylor has become one of the hottest commodities on the recruiting trail over the past few months. He has received offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State and Alabama in the past three weeks. In a tweet Taylor described the Alabama offer as a “childhood dream offer.”
The speedy wide receiver has always enjoyed the attention from other schools, even though he’s been committed to Tennessee for a year and a half. The flirtation has seemed to become a bit more intense over the past few weeks. He even changed his Twitter profile picture to him in a Notre Dame jersey for a few days last week.
Taylor wants to go somewhere he can make plays with the ball in his hands and has a solid relationship with the coaching staff. He has begun lining up visits in case coach Butch Jones is fired.
I imagine he would wait and see who the new coach is before he makes his final decision to play football.
Taylor has announced via Twitter he will make his decision at noon on Dec. 22 and take advantage of the early signing period. If Tennessee were to fire Jones and immediately hire his replacement, it doesn’t leave much time to build a relationship. The new coach would likely have approximately 20 days, if he’s lucky, to convince Taylor that Tennessee is the right place for him.
But it’s not like Tennessee doesn’t have something positive to hold onto. While Taylor has always talked with other schools, he’s never said he wasn’t coming to Tennessee.
The Vols’ wide receiver rotation is also extremely thin. It’s not crazy to think Taylor could be making plays by the second half of next season.
Taylor wants to be important in the offense sooner rather than later, which benefits the Vols.
Emerson has a good relationship with Mays. The two clearly enjoy hanging out when they are on Tennessee’s campus together.
Mays pushed hard to convince Emerson to commit to the Vols. Would Mays’ de-commitment change his status?
I doubt it.
Emerson didn’t play his senior season because of an ankle injury he suffered at Nike’s The Opening in July. He committed the day after and hasn’t looked back.
It would come as a surprise to many if Emerson de-committed from Tennessee unless the circumstances change quickly. I believe he will remain with the Vols, even through a possible coaching change.
The cornerback was really more peer recruited by Jatavious Harris than Mays. Harris claimed he could get Horn to commit, and by the end of August, the prediction came true.
Horn hasn’t shown many signs of what he plans on doing. He has kept a rather low profile since his commitment to the Vols. He did say in August he would keep his recruitment open despite the commitment.
Horn received an offer from Clemson at the beginning of October. The Tigers pose a threat because of how well they have recruited the past few seasons. Also, they’re a national championship-caliber team.
The offer to look out for will be from Alabama. If the Crimson Tide come calling again, then it is possible Horn might flip. If they don’t, it might be hard to flip Horn at this point.
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