UGA recruiting: The chances appear legit with 5-star Cade Mays

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The budget today calls for a thorough summation of the 11th-hour efforts from the Bulldogs to add 5-star OL Cade Mays to the 2018 class. 

Could this go down? That’s today’s topic. 

Cade Mays to Georgia. Cade Mays to Georgia? Mays to UGA and not Tennessee?

Hmm. Let’s stew on this for a little bit.

Dawgnation has learned the de-commitment from Mays was an eventuality. It was not just a knee-jerk reaction to his unofficial visit to UGA over the weekend.

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5-star Cade Mays looked to have a great unofficial visit last Saturday in Athens for the South Carolina game. (Jeff Sentell/Dawgnation)

Let’s be sure to provide the necessary balance right at the jump. Clemson had Mays on campus the same unofficial visit the Bulldogs did this month. The Tigers will also get the nation’s No. 2 OT on campus for an official visit, too.

If things do not evolve with the staff at Tennessee, it is a safe bet that Mays will not play for the school where his father was a team captain for Phillip Fulmer in the 1990s.

The things I’m hearing lead me to believe the Bulldogs are in a very good spot. Mays is set to take his official visit to UGA on Dec. 16. That’s right before he will make his college decision known on Dec. 20.

The decision to de-commit here might have been planned, but it was not an easy decision.

If he does choose the Bulldogs, it would mean another 5-star to the class for the Bulldogs. That would make three for 2018.

It would also mean another one of the nation’s Top 10 offensive linemen to add to Sam Pittman’s room. The Bulldogs signed five like that in 2017. Georgia has a shot to sign another four prospects like that in 2018.

How rare is that for the program? Consider this: The Bulldogs have signed and enrolled just 11 offensive line prospects which rated among the nation’s Top 10 at their positions over their last 10 recruiting cycles prior to 2017.

Mark Richt’s teams didn’t have those elite classes of road graders up front. The Georgia football program under Kirby Smart is making that its calling card on offense. The Bulldogs can emphasize it all starts up front by signing nine guys like that in the first two full years of recruiting with Pittman.

Recruiting rankings aren’t always spot-on. Cordy Glenn was not rated among the nation’s top 15 players at his position coming out of his high school. But he was the last UGA offensive lineman to be selected in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft back in 2012.

Glenn signed a 5-year, $65,000,000 extension with the Buffalo Bills last summer.

I think the Glenn example shows a couple of things.

  • The Bulldogs haven’t been bringing in the top OLs
  • Pittman’s charge has been to change that. He definitely has so far.

My sources suggest that UGA has a very good shot here, but I needed to preface the big picture before we get to the nitty gritty.

How do the Georgia commits feel about Cade Mays? 

Warren Ericson, the 4-star OL prospect from North Gwinnett, now plans to enroll early. He now ranks as the nation’s No. 5 center in the class of 2018 and as the No. 311 player overall.

What does he think about Mays?

“He would be a huge addition,” Ericson said. “Him, along with Jamaree (Salyer) and Trey (Hill) would make it a class of (Sam) Pittman’s dreams.”

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Warren Ericson (left), Cade Mays (middle left), Sam Pittman (center), Jamaree Salyer (middle right) and Trey Hill (right) posed for a few pictures prior to the South Carolina game on Saturday. (Jeff Sentell/Dawgnation)

Ericson does feel Mays is giving Georgia a very hard look.

“I hope that he is,” Ericson said. “We seemed to connect really well on Saturday. After the game, I spent a good amount of time with him and Jamaree (Salyer) in Pittman’s office.”

Kearis Jackson saw Mays first-hand over the weekend. Jackson took his official visit to UGA over the South Carolina game weekend. He tweeted out yesterday that he was “on a mission” to help bring Mays to Athens.

He’s already on duty for doing the same with 5-star OG Jamaree Salyer and 4-star OG Trey Hill. Those two guys have been long-standing priorities for the 2018 class.

“Cade is a grown man,” Jackson said. “He has great size and if he comes in we will have three monsters coming in on the OL.”

Owen Condon, the only commit at tackle in the class so far, sees great potential with adding Mays to the class.

“I’d love to have Cade join this class,” Condon told Dawgnation. “I’ve been in touch with him recently and he seems like a great guy Adding him to the OL class would give us a full offensive line. Because in my opinion, we are going to get Trey (Hill) and Jamaree (Salyer). So that would give us two (offensive tackles) and three offensive guards and centers.”

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Big 6-foot-7 Oklahoma OT Owen Condon shed some light on the way Georgia will always stack up elite OL talent under Sam Pittman. (Jeff Sentell/Dawgnation)

His thoughts also shed the right perspective on the Georgia way when it comes to stacking up elite players at every position.

“I would put that group against any other offensive line class this year for sure,” Condon said. “It would add a ton of talent to an O-line room that already has a ton of talent from last year’s class. That’s the way it has to be, though. Because the competition is what makes everyone better and brings the best out of the team because there’s no room to be complacent when there’s a guy behind you fighting for your spot.”

He thinks the Bulldogs will make whatever room is required for Mays.

“Cade is just a guy you can’t turn down,” Condon told Dawgnation. “So we’ll take five (OLs) if it is that five.”

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