Five-star offensive tackle Cade Mays announced his top-3 college choices on Thursday night via Twitter.
Mays, a Knoxville, Tenn. native, announced his decommitment from Tennessee via Twitter in November.
“I wanted to take this time and release a statement and give an inside look to my thoughts about my recruitment. This decision has been one of the hardest decisions I have made in my life. I serve a loving God, and I am confident he will lead me down the right path. My family is my backbone and without them I would not be in the position I am in today. I would like to thank Coach Jones, Coach Wells, and the rest of the UT staff for everything they have done for me in the past 2 years. Many people I have come in contact with at the University of Tennessee have had a tremendous impact on my life. After many talks with God and my family, I have decided to decommit from The University of Tennessee. Thank you to everyone who has been with me every step of the way through this process.
Mays, who committed to the Vols two years ago, announced that he reopened his recruitment in October and mentioned that he was planning to take official visits to Ohio State, Clemson, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Georgia, before making an official announcement on Dec. 20.
Mays ranks as the top-ranked player from the state of Tennessee, No. 2 offensive lineman and No. 16 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite. Despite being the son of a former Volunteer standout, Kevin Mays, and living minutes away from UT’s campus, the five-star lineman says he hasn’t been pressured to keep his commitment to the Vols.
“I pray about it every night and every day,” Mays told 247Sports. “God’s in control of my future, and my parents have done a great job instilling that in me, and my parents support me. My family supports me. And, outside of that, I’m not really worried about who else supports me.
“I mean, obviously my friends are going to support me, but my family supporting me is everything, because fans are going to jump on the bandwagon when I’m there and stuff. But they’re not the ones that have to live with my decision.
“God’s in control of my future. My family supports my future.”
Mays committed to Tennessee back in July of 2015. He was by far Tennessee’s highest rated commitment of the 2018 recruiting class.