Where Tennessee turns after being left off 5-star Cade Mays’ top-3 list

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Tennessee is looking to recapture its glory from the 1990s. Join us daily at SEC Country for the latest Tennessee recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Volunteers. Check out previous editions here. In this edition, we discuss where Tennessee goes from here after being left off of Cade Mays‘ Top-3 list.

No Cade Mays

Former Tennessee commit Cade Mays announced via Twitter his new top 3 Thursday night.

It’s a very impressive list, the only problem for Vols fans is there is no Tennesse orange on it. I don’t think matters are finished with Mays. Tennessee’s new coach will have a chance to win Mays back over. The coaching search this past week has hurt, though.

Mays wants to go to a winner and a respected program. Tennessee can get back to that level, but this past week has shown there is a ways to go.

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With Mays out of the picture, where does Tennessee turn for offensive line help?

Tennessee struggled with offensive line depth this season. The Vols don’t have much in terms of numbers coming in to help the line, either.

Tennessee has commits from Ollie Lane and Tanner Antonutti. The Vols probably need to bring in four commits.

The Butch Jones staff spent a lot of time recruiting tackle Jerome Carvin, who began to favor Mississippi State during the past few months. Coach Dan Mullen has left the Bulldogs for Florida, and Tennessee might have new life. The Gators have offered Carvin, but I doubt he goes that far from home. He lives in Cordova, Tenn., just outside of Memphis.

The Vols need to add bodies on the offensive line, desperately. The new coaching staff might have its own thoughts on who to bring in, but Carvin is familiar with the school and commits. He makes his final decision and signs on Dec. 20. Tennessee might be wise to make a final push for Carvin over the next few weeks.

Tennessee also has recruited junior college offensive tackle Jahmir Johnson. I think the interest has dropped off a in the past few weeks, though. Other than Johnson and Carvin there isn’t a next option at this point.

Current staff making in-home visits

Tennessee’s coaching search has turned into a national laughingstock this week. Each day seems to present a new candidate to turn down the Vols. Tennessee athletic director John Currie told quarterback commit Adrian Martinez two weeks ago he wanted a coach in place quickly because of the early signing period beginning on Dec. 20.

We have now stepped foot into December without knowing who the next coach of Tennessee will be. This will change quickly; the search can’t go on much longer. The new coach will have to quickly assemble a staff and hit the recruiting trail.

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There is, however, a coaching staff hitting the recruiting trail. Interim coach Brady Hoke said after the season’s final game against Vanderbilt the staff would continue the recruiting efforts. He said after being named the interim coach that members of the staff had a duty to continue the relationships with the commits because it’s their job.

The staff has been making good on his word this week. The commits have been receiving in-home visits.

Possibly the most important in-home visits seem to have gone well.

Tennessee quarterback coach Mike Canales visited Martinez and Michael Penix. Both seem to like Canales, though it’d be surprising if he remained on staff. Still, the Vols proving their commitment to both commits is positive moving forward. The team has three quarterbacks on its roster, but I doubt all will return next season.

Safety Trey Dean seems to have enjoyed his in-home visit, too. He is the closest commit to going somewhere else. The Vols will need help in the secondary next season because of graduation losses. Dean could provide immediate depth.



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