Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones and his staff got a head start on its 2018 class on Monday when local (Knoxville Catholic High School) offensive lineman and Tennessee Volunteer legacy, Cade Mays, pledged a verbal commitment to play football at the University of Tennessee. Mays made the news public via his Twitter account yesterday afternoon.
The all-state high school sophomore, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds, has already garnered plenty of attention on the national stage, including being named to Max Prep’s 2014 Freshman High School All-American Team. He was also named to Max Prep’s Top 50 prospects for the class of 2018. While Mays has yet to be formally evaluated and assigned a star rating by recruiting services, it is widely suspected that he will be one of the top ranked offensive lineman in the nation for the class of 2018.
Mays picked the Volunteers over an impressive list of suitors which included such schools as Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, to name a few. Mays’ offer list is said to have reached well into the double digits, which serves as a glowing endorsement for any high school prospect, much less one that has yet to reach the age of 16. He becomes Tennessee’s first public commit for the class of 2018.
Mays’ father, Kevin, also played offensive line for the Vols, serving as team captain in 1994 in route to first team All-SEC honors that same year.
— Written by Rob McVey, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. McVey is a diehard Tennessee Volunteers' fan who loves singing "Rocky Top" every opportunity he gets. Follow him on Twitter @Rob_UTVOLS