Elite programs’ recruitment of Cade Mays isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. That’s par for the course for the Scout No. 3-ranked offensive line prospect in the 2018 class.
Other schools continue to pursue the Knoxville Catholic School junior as he is hearing from “just a bunch of SEC schools but you know I’m sticking with Tennessee right now. I’m not looking around or anything. So I’m sticking to my roots.”
“I’ve told them since my freshman year, ‘Thanks but no thanks.’ This is home for me,” Mays said.
This winter, Tennessee made a coaching change along the offensive line with Walt Wells replacing Don Mahoney.
“I knew him (Wells) pretty well before but now we’re definitely taking that next step and just getting to know each other on a more personal level and him getting to know my family on a more personal level,” said Mays, who’s been committed to Tennessee since July 13, 2015.
“He was talking about hunting. He likes to hunt. I like to hunt. So we just talk about hunting a lot.
“He texts me every day, and we just have a conversation every day. We’re definitely taking our relationship to the next level.”
Tennessee held a junior day recruiting event on campus Saturday. Mays joined both the coaching staff and fellow commit Alontae Taylor in doing some recruiting.
Among the selling points from Mays is “the love that the fans and everybody here has around Tennessee football. I mean from Memphis to Nashville to the Tri-Cities to Knoxville, I mean just everything is based around Tennessee football.”
Several players on Tennessee’s radar were in town Saturday, including Scout 300 talents Leddie Brown, Anthony Grant Jr., Brendon Harris and D’Andre Litaker.
“I know most of them from a personal level,” Mays said. “Just getting to know them on a more personal level means a lot, trying to get them down here.
“Just trying to get the mid-state and West Tennessee kids and just the people in Tennessee in general — the recruits in Tennessee — just to realize where their home is.”
Among the in-town prospects that Mays had his sights set on, the main target was “probably my little brother.” Lining up next to Cooper Mays in collegiate would be a dream come true.
“It’d mean the world,” Cade Mays said. “Not many people can have the privilege to play next to their brother in high school, let alone college. So it’d be awesome.”
Tennessee dealt with the most injuries it’s had in years and finished 9-4 last season, including its third straight bowl victory after taking down Nebraska in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
“They definitely overcame adversity very well and ended up with a good record,” Mays said. “So it was a good season.”
The No. 1-ranked offensive tackle in the South has been at work in the weightroom this winter, owning a max bench press of 355 pounds and a squat of 465 pounds. In the months ahead, Mays will test his skills against some of the better pass rushers in the nation, including at The Opening Atlanta at Buford High School on March 26.