A five-star offensive tackle in the class of 2018, Cade Mays has known from an early age that he was going to be a Volunteer.
Mays, from Knoxville (Tenn.) Knoxville Catholic, committed to Tennessee in July 2015 — a few months before his sophomore season in high school
"Well, my dad and uncle both played for Tennessee," Mays told GN. "I felt comfortable there. How much love there is for Tennessee football here in the south, it’s something you can’t find anywhere else."
Mays is the son of former Tennessee lineman Kevin Mays, who played for the Volunteers from 1990-94.
Mays (6 feet 5, 290 pounds) is considered the top prospect in Tennessee in the 2018 class and a top-15 recruit nationally.
"Just shows me all the hard work that I am putting in the summer, preseason and during the season is all coming full circle," he said. "It’s paying off and it’s great to see."
Mays said he felt a connection with Volunteers coach Butch Jones from the start. "Coach Jones comes to see some of my games and that is really cool," he said. "Not many people can say a head coach from an SEC football team comes to watch them play."
With the history his family has with the Vols, the great traditions at Tennessee are not lost on Mays.
"My dad has told me stories about running through the 'T.' Running through the 'T' the first time, there is nothing like it," Mays Said. "Every time I see them run out onto that field through the 'T,' I get goosebumps. I just can’t wait for that experience to come."
Mays joins four-star athlete Alontae Taylor from Manchester (Tenn.) Coffee County Central as commitments for Tennessee's 2018 recruiting class.
Mays has high hopes for the future of Tennessee football. “This 2018 class will be No. 1, I can promise you that,” he said. “Once I get up there, there is a national championship coming real soon.”
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