Clemson recruiting: Top target Cade Mays de-commits from Tennessee

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5-star OL target Cade Mays reopens recruitment

Something a lot of people had figured was a certainty became reality on Tuesday night, when 5-star offensive lineman Cade Mays publicly announced his decommitment from Tennessee via Twitter.

“I wanted to take this time and release a statement and give an inside look to my thoughts about my recruitment,” Mays’ statement reads. “This decision has been one of the hardest decisions I have made in my life. I serve a loving God, and I am confident he will lead me down the right path. My family is my backbone and without them I would not be in the position I am in today. I would like to thank Coach [Butch] Jones, [OL] Coach [Walt] Wells, and the rest of the UT staff for everything they have done for me in the past 2 years.

“Many people I have come in contact with at the University of Tennessee have had a tremendous impact on my life. After many talks with God and my family, I have decided to decommit from The University of Tennessee. Thank you to everyone who has been with me every step of the way through this process. Psalm 16:8” (emphasis is his).

Mays is a top-15 player overall and the second-ranked player at his position per the 247Sports composite, and it’s not hard to see why. He’s got a hulking, 6-foot-6, 318-pound frame that translates perfectly into what you want up front.

He had been committed to the Volunteers since July of 2015, not surprising when you consider his father, Kevin, was a lineman at Tennessee. But with the spiral the program’s been in as of late, you have to at least acknowledge the implications that would reveal themselves.

Tennessee’s already lost four commitments since the season began: one from running back Lyn-J Dixon, who could be on Clemson’s radar. Mays, though, would be the prize. He visited Clemson for the Georgia Tech game on an unofficial visit, and he’ll be back for the home finale against the Citadel for an official visit.

Mays visited Georgia — an unofficial — last week, and he’ll make use of all five official visits. In addition to Clemson, he’ll take trips to Georgia again, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and yes, Tennessee.

Clemson has had recent success dipping into the state of Tennessee and scooping out recruits from under the Vols’ noses: Amari Rodgers — who played with Mays at Knoxville Catholic High School — and Tee Higgins are from there, and Hunter Johnson was originally committed to the Volunteers before eventually signing with Clemson.

Mays is good friends with Clemson linebacker commit Mike Jones, who reacted accordingly on Twitter once the news broke.

Jones’ teammate at IMG Academy and fellow Clemson commit Xavier Thomas might know something we don’t.

Mays’ plan is to make a decision when the Dec. 20 early signing period opens up.

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