Knoxville native, Tennessee football legacy, former Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays has entered the NCAA transfer portal and is apparently transferring to Tennessee.
When former Georgia associate head coach and offensive line coach Sam Pittman took the head coaching gig at Arkansas, the fallout was likely to be pretty significant.
Pittman has been known as one of the best offensive line coaches in the country and a silly-good recruiter for quite some time, and recruiting in college football is all about relationships.
When the coach who was primarily responsible for that relationship leaves, players may understandably start to rethink their decision. In this case, Mays was a long-standing Tennessee commitment as a native of Knoxville and son of former UT offensive lineman Kevin Mays. But when Tennessee’s 2017 season went to hell, Sam Pittman and Georgia slid in and secured Cade’s signature.
According to UGA’s team website, Mays played in 14 games with 11 starts as a sophomore and saw action in 11 games with seven starts as a freshman. He’s taken snaps at each of the five positions on the offensive line.
Coming out of Catholic high school in Knoxville, Mays was a consensus 5-star recruit and the No. 1 rated player in Tennessee for the 2018 recruiting class.
His brother, Cooper, is a 4-star prospect and joined the Tennessee football team this past weekend as an early enrollee for the 2020 recruiting class.
Update: There’s also this situation to monitor. You better believe that Tennessee will be trying to use this to earn immediate eligibility this fall.
Cade Mays' father had part of his pinky finger amputated at an #UGA athletic event when the folding chair he was in got wedged against a column. Sam Pittman put the finger on ice.— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) January 8, 2020
The Mays are suing the UGA and the chair manufacturer it appears.https://t.co/g5j35JItWS pic.twitter.com/t9FE6OT0js