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Five things to know about Cade Mays' plan to transfer from Georgia to Tennessee

Aaron Torres
Knoxville News Sentinel

Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays plans to transfer to Tennessee after two seasons with the Bulldogs. Mays is seeking a transfer waiver from the NCAA and SEC to gain immediate eligibility.

Tom Mars, Mays' attorney representing him, said he is "highly confident" Mays will receive clearance to play in 2020. 

Here are five things to know about Mays:

Mays was originally committed to Vols

Mays, who is 6-foot-6 and 318 pounds, committed to Tennessee in July 2015, after his freshman season at Knoxville Catholic. Mays helped secure other Vols commitments, including former Gibbs lineman and current Vol Ollie Lane. 

Mays, however, decommitted from the Vols in November 2017, shortly before former coach Butch Jones was fired. The Vols finished 4-8 that season. After decommiting from Tennessee, Mays named Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia as his final three schools. 

He committed to Georgia live on ESPN on Dec. 20, 2017, during the football early signing period, unbuttoning his shirt and revealing a black Georgia T-shirt underneath. 

Cade Mays, Knoxville Catholic High School offensive lineman, signs with Georgia at an early signing day ceremony at Knoxville Catholic High School in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.

Mays is a Vols legacy 

Mays has several family ties to Tennessee. His father, Kevin Mays, was a Tennessee guard from 1991-94 and served as a captain his senior season.

His uncle, Michael Frogg, was a walk-on offensive lineman who played at Tennessee from 2004-07. Mays' younger brother, Cooper, signed with Tennessee in December. Cooper is an early enrollee for the Vols. 

A local star at Catholic 

Mays played at Catholic for coach Steve Matthews and was teammates with current Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers. Mays helped lead Catholic to state championships as a sophomore (2015) and a senior (2017). 

He was a five-star recruit, the No. 1 prospect in the state, No. 3 ranked offensive tackle in the country and the No. 22 prospect overall, according to the 247Sports Composite. Mays won the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award in Class 5A 2017 and was the Mr. Football lineman of the year in 2016. 

Versatile for Georgia offensive line

Mays was thrust into action as a true freshman at Georgia after an ankle injury to starting offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. Mays ended up playing in 11 of Georgia's 14 games as a freshman and started in seven games — Mays' first start was in a 41-17 win against South Carolina. Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was Georgia's offensive coordinator in Mays' freshman year. 

He was named to the Coaches Freshman All-SEC team in 2018. As a sophomore, Mays played in all 14 games and started 11. Known for his versatility, Mays played every position on the offensive line. He started six games at right guard, two at right tackle, two at left guard and the Sugar Bowl at left tackle. 

Mays family is suing Georgia

Kevin Mays and his wife, Melinda, are suing Georgia's athletic association and board of regents, among other parties, for damages after Kevin Mays had his right pinkie finger severed by a folding chair during a recruiting event at Georgia's Sanford Stadium in December 2017. Mays was on his official recruiting visit when the incident happened.