Cade Mays decommits from Tennessee Vols
Five-star lineman Cade Mays announced via Twitter that he has decommitted from Tennessee. The Knoxville Catholic senior is the top recruit in the state and has tweeted about visits to Georgia and Clemson.
He declined to comment further but does plan on signing with someone when the early period opens Dec. 20.
Mays, whose father, Kevin, played for Tennessee, committed to the school two years ago and has been a recruiting tool since then. He has taken a few recruits fishing with him and helped secure Gibbs lineman Ollie Lane.
After committing, Mays attended UT home games on unofficial visits, but the South Carolina game Oct. 14 was his last one. He then visited Clemson two weeks ago and Georgia last weekend, tweeting from both games.
Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell was at Catholic's win over Campbell County on Friday. Amari Rodgers, a former Catholic teammate of Mays', is at Clemson, as is Tee Higgins, an Oak Ridge grad who decommitted from Tennessee last year.
The statement attached to his tweet reads: "I wanted to take this time and release a statement and give an inside look to my thoughts about my recruitment. This decision has been one of the hardest decisions I have made in my life. I serve a loving God, and I am confident he will lead me down the right path. My family is my backbone and without them I would not be in the position I am in today. I would like to thank Coach Jones, Coach Wells, and the rest of the UT staff for everything they have done for me in the past 2 years. Many people I have come in contact with at the University of Tennessee have had a tremendous impact on my life. After many talks with God and my family, I have decided to decommit from The University of Tennessee. Thank you to everyone who has been with me every step of the way through this process. Psalm 16:8" (emphasis is his).