OL Cade Mays (6-5 300) of Knoxville is hunting duck this weekend in Canada enjoying a bye week in his schedule. Next week he will go back to being the hunted by Clemson and four others as, despite being a Tennessee legacy and commitment, he is looking at some other options.
Mays plans to visit Clemson twice in the final three home games. He’ll be in next weekend for the Georgia Tech game unofficially and will return for an official visit for the The Citadel game. His former teammate is Clemson freshman receiver Amari Rodgers and another close friend is Tiger commitment Mike Jones Jr. But their presence at Clemson, alone, is not the only reason for his strong interest.
“It’s always been a dream of ours to play alongside each other and to be on the same team,” Mays said. “They just persuaded me to take a visit there. I visited there my sophomore year, freshman year, and Clemson has always been one of my favorite schools. I really liked it there. And since they are a national champion contender, obviously I should do my due diligence and visit up there.”
Mays said his top five schools are Clemson, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Georgia. He’s not the only Tennessee commitment reevaluating because of the Vols’ struggles, but Mays said Tennessee’s current plight is not why he’s looking at other options.
“I figured that I could only do this once and 20 years down the road I don’t want to look back and wish I would have done things differently,” he said. “I just want to make sure there’s not a school out there that would fit me better than Tennessee.”
Mays primarily is a tackle but he said he can play any position on the line. He will be a December signee and will enroll early.
As for his commitment status with Tennessee, Mays said he’s not discussing that with anyone outside his family.