Attorney Thomas Mars of Atlanta, a college eligibility specialist, confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is representing Cade Mays in his attempt to win immediate eligibility at Tennessee. Mays’ younger brother, Cooper, is an early enrollee with the Vols and also plays offense. Their father, Kevin, also played football at Tennessee.
Robin Loeb of Atlanta is representing Kevin Mays and his wife in the lawsuit. The suit was filed in the State Court of Athens-Clarke County on Dec. 5 and is considered a public document.
Generally, players who transfer from one SEC institution to another have to sit out a year before being eligible to compete. It is believed Mars will use the lawsuit as a “mitigating circumstance” to win immediate eligibility for Mays via the NCAA’s waiver process.
Mays was a 5-star prospect and a longtime Tennessee commitment before signing with the Bulldogs in 2018. He proved to be Georgia’s most versatile offensive lineman the past two seasons, playing all six positions on the line of scrimmage, including center and tight end.
Mays becomes the fourth starter on the Bulldogs’ offensive line who will not be back with the team next season. Guard Solomon Kindley and tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson all declared for the NFL draft as underclassmen. Center Trey Hill, who will be a junior next season, is the only regular starter who is certain to return.
Meanwhile, junior quarterback Jake Fromm also declared for the NFL draft this week. That means the Bulldogs have lost their quarterback, four offensive linemen, two right ends, top two rushers and two of their top five receivers since losing to LSU in SEC Championship game Dec. 7.