The news Tennessee fans feared finally broke on Tuesday when Cade Mays de-committed.
It was a good sign no one else followed in his footsteps, which might because he had silently been de-committed for a little bit now. It’s a big loss, because Mays was the best player committed to Tennessee and is the best prospect from the state.
Here’s an early glance showing where things stand for the Volunteers’ Class of 2018:
Where Tennessee’s class ranks
Tennessee ranks as the No. 13 class in the country and No. 4 in the SEC behind Georgia, Florida and Texas A&M. The loss of Mays’ commitment sent the class down a few spots.
Obviously, the news that dominated the headlines this week was Mays. He had been committed for over two years and to de-commit like that is a bad look for the Vols’ coaching staff.
Tennessee needs help on the offensive line desperately. Mays is choosing to look elsewhere when the school he grew up going to see is practically offering him a starting position when he walks onto campus.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- Which OL recruits Tennessee is eyeing as possible replacements for Cade Mays
- Tennessee recruiting mailbag: Cade Mays, Cade Mays and Cade Mays
- Tennessee coach Butch Jones on difficulties in recruiting: ‘Have to rely on your relationships’
- Will Cade Mays’ de-commitment cause Tennessee to lose more prospects?
- Losing commitment from local 5-star Cade Mays shows how far Tennessee has fallen
- Coaching change wouldn’t affect Tennessee 4-star DL commit Brant Lawless’ pledge to Vols
- Tennessee QB commit Michael Penix on status with Vols: ‘I’m still locked in’
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 366
- 5-star offers: 21
- 4-star offers: 194
- In-state recruits offered: 25
- Florida recruits offered: 91
- Georgia recruits offered: 62
- Texas recruits offered: 24
- DE Greg Emerson, 4 stars, Jackson, Tenn.
- WR Alontae Taylor, 4 stars, Manchester, Tenn.
- QB Adrian Martinez, 4 stars, Fresno, Calif.
- DT D’Andre Litaker, 4 stars, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- DT Brant Lawless, 4 stars, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
- S Trey Dean, 4 stars, Hampton, Tenn.
- CB Jaycee Horn, 4 stars, Alpharetta, Ga.
- LB Matthew Flint, 3 stars, Gurley, Ala.
- DE Dorian Gerald, 3 stars, Valencia, Calif.
- DT Jamarcus Chatman, 3 stars, Rome, Ga.
- RB Anthony Grant, 3 stars, Buford, Ga.
- QB Michael Penix, 3 stars, Tampa, Fla.
- TE Jacob Warren, 3 stars, Knoxville, Tenn.
- OG Ollie Lane, 3 stars, Corryton, Tenn.
- OT Tanner Antonutti, 3 stars, Nashville, Tenn.
- CB Brandon Cross, 3 stars, Orlando, Fla.
- CB Tanner Ingle, 3 stars, Orlando, Fla.
- WR Shocky Jacques-Louis, 3 stars, Fort Myers, Fla.
- P Paxton Brooks, N/R, West Columbia, S.C.
3 top uncommitted targets
- 3-star OT Jerome Carvin, Cordova, Tenn.: Carvin reduced his list to 10 on June 12, but Tennessee and Alabama have remained the leaders. Tennessee now holds commitments from only two offensive linemen, so Carvin has become more of a priority now. Carvin’s good friend, Jordan Davis, is a Crimson Tide commit, which is a knock against the Volunteers. Carvin will take an official visit to Arkansas this fall, which means there’s another SEC team that Tennessee is up against.
- 3-star LB Caleb Johnson, Columbus, Ga.: Johnson brings the skill set from the defensive side of the ball Tennessee wants as an edge pass rusher. Johnson has been to Tennessee’s campus six times in the last year and a half. He seems to really like what is going on with Vols. It remains to be seen if a coaching change will affect his standing with Tennessee, though.
- 3-star RB Michael Barrett, Valdosta, Ga.: Barrett plays quarterback for Lowndes High School, but Tennessee has different plans for him. The Vols see him as a running back. Which is important because they only have one running back commit in Anthony Grant. This staff has taken at least two running backs each class, this likely won’t change now. Expect the Vols to continue pursuing Barrett.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position:
- QB: 2 (Martinez, Penix)
- RB: 1 (Grant)
- TE: 1 (Warren)
- WR: 2 (Taylor, Jacques-Louis)
- OL: 2 (Lane, Antonutti)
- DL: 5 (Lawless, Litaker, Emerson, Gerald, Chatman)
- LB: 1 (Flint)
- CB: 3 (Ingle, Cross, Horn)
- S: 1 (Dean)
- P: 1 (Brooks)
Here’s a breakdown of Tennessee’s commits by state:
- Tennessee: 7 (Emerson, Litaker, Lawless, Taylor, Antonutti, Lane, Warren)
- Georgia: 4 (Dean, Grant, Chatman, Horn)
- Florida: 4 (Penix, Ingle, Cross, Jacques-Louis)
- California: 2 (Martinez, Gerald)
- Alabama: 1 (Flint)
- South Carolina: 1 (Brooks)