Cade Mays had love for Vols 'from the get-go'

Cade Mays decided enough was enough Monday and chose to follow his heart. The Knoxville native intends to stay home and play his college football at Tennessee. Here's more.

All in the family.

Cade Mays declared his intention Monday to play his college football with the Tennessee Volunteers, following in the footsteps of his father and uncle. Mays joins the likes of Dillon Bates, Evan Berry, Elliot Berry, Neiko Creamer, Todd Kelly Jr. and Kahlil McKenzie as legacy prospects taking their talents to The Hill.

As for Mays, the family pipeline extends now from former Tennessee offensive linemen Kevin Mays and Michael Frogg (uncle) to Cade and that could flow that much steadier down the road as brothers Cooper and Camp already have orange surrounding them.

"My dad told me that I can go anywhere in the country that I wanted to and he'll take me anywhere and they'll come see me play," Cade Mays told InsideTennessee. "So we went and saw all these schools and camped up there and visited. I just felt like Tennessee was the place for me and nobody has what Tennessee has. Special. It's a special place.

"Everything about Tennessee I loved from the get-go. My uncle and my dad played there and they loved it. They've told me about it, and they've got everything that I want."

Alabama and Florida State were two of the schools the Knoxville Catholic School blocker visited.

"I had my heart set on Tennessee the whole time I think," said Mays, who becomes Tennessee's first committed prospect for its 2018 class. "I just wanted to visit these other schools to see if there was anything out there that I liked more than Tennessee, but I never found it."

After starting his career on Rocky Top as a defensive lineman (1991-92), Kevin Mays switched to offensive guard and earned All-SEC honors in 1994. Frogg played in 10 games with the Volunteers, including four as a starter along the offensive front.

"He's excited," Mays said of his father's reaction. "He was ecstatic for me and just couldn't wait for me to be able to get up here and wear the Power T."

The short trip over to campus came with the rising sophomore sitting down with coach Butch Jones, offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and offensive line coach Don Mahoney for the good news.

"I went up there today and met with coach Jones and coach Mahoney and some of the other coaches — DeBord," the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Cade Mays said. "We just sat down and had a talk, and I committed.

"They were happy and excited and ready for me to get up there. They were obviously happy because I'm a big offensive lineman and in-state and just good all-around. I'm just so happy."

Mays plans to see more Tennessee pledges again when he's on campus once more for Orange Carpet Day on July 25. He will also be in the recruiting section behind the north end zone at Neyland Stadium for numerous games the next two seasons.

"Oh, I can't wait. I can't wait. I can't wait to bring my family throughout this season. I'm going to be out on that field in a few years, and I'll be able to experience it. I'm so happy right now," he said.

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