OL Cade Mays of Knoxville announced a decommitment from Tennessee Tuesday, another sign of the growing concern by Vols’ recruits about the future of the program under Butch Jones, or for that matter, Jones’ future at Tennessee. Mays is now exploring his other opportunities as he goes about the business of official and unofficial visits.
“I’m completely open, everything is open,” Mays said. “I don’t have a favorite. I have schools I’m visiting and I’ll sign with my favorite at the end.”
Last weekend Mays was at Georgia for an unofficial visit.
“It was cool, I spent a lot of time with Coach Pittman and Coach Smart,” Mays said. “I’ve built a good relationship with them. It was a great game atmosphere. A lot of their players are hunters and fishermen so they thought I’d fit in pretty good with them. I spent a lot of time with the players and talked a little ball and hunting and fishing.”
This weekend Mays will take his official visit to Ohio State. The Buckeyes are relatively new on the scene with Mays as he just started talking to them a couple of weeks ago. Mays has taken an unofficial visit to Clemson and will return for an official visit November 17th and will take his official visit to Tennessee November 24th.
Clemson continues to press for Mays with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell in daily contact.
“It’s mostly just small talk. He told me if I wanted to talk ball we can talk ball but he just wants to build a relationship with me outside of football,” Mays said.
Mays plans to sign December 20th with the school he picks and enroll in January. He’s not sure if he’ll announce his choice before that.