You truly never know what to expect in college football.
The moment that Sam Pittman left Georgia to become the head coach at Arkansas, rumors started to circulate that former Tennessee Vols commit Cade Mays could be on his way out of Athens.
Actually, “rumor” might be too strong of a word. It was more speculation that Mays could decide to leave Georgia.
Well, now it looks like it’s actually going to happen.
Various reports indicated on Wednesday that Mays has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Source: Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays has entered the transfer portal.
Former five-star recruit. Started 11 games this year.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 8, 2020
This is obviously HUGE news for the Vols, as well as the rest of the college football world.
Mays is from Knoxville. He was committed to Tennessee under Butch Jones. His brother plays at Tennessee.
It was a massive upset when Mays chose Georgia over the Vols — even though it was understandable (UT was a mess at the time).
But now, the Vols have a chance to rewrite history and bring Cade Mays home to Knoxville. A move like this wouldn’t immediately change the landscape of the SEC East, but it would certainly send shockwaves through the division.
Mays is one of the most talented offensive linemen in the SEC. He would instantly upgrade a UT offensive line that’s already trending up (once he’s eligible, he’d have to sit out a year as a non-grad transfer). Swiping Mays from Georgia would also likely give the Vols a major boost in recruiting.
Tennessee has to be considered the favorite to land Mays, but there will be plenty of suitors for the former five-star recruit.
Jeremy Pruitt and his staff, namely offensive line coach Will Friend, need to make Mays their top priority.
By the way, this was the second round of bad news the Bulldogs received on Wednesday — quarterback Jake Fromm declared for the NFL draft as well.
Update: Various reports, including a report from GoVols247 have reported that Cade Mays is expected to transfer to Tennessee. It’s possible he will seek a waiver to play in 2020.
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