Elite Four-Star OT Visiting Vols this Weekend

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    Tennessee is hosting a couple of five-stars in the 2019 class on visits this weekend, and they’re also hosting one of the top offensive tackles in the 2020 class on campus, too.

    Mitchell Mayes is a four-star offensive tackle out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He tweeted out on Saturday morning that he’ll be at the University of Tennessee today for an unofficial visit.

    According to 247Sports, Mays is the No. 23 overall player and No. 3 offensive tackle in the 2020 class. Per their composite rankings, he’s the No. 88 overall prospect and ninth-ranked offensive tackle in the 2020 cycle. He holds offers from Clemson, Auburn, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, and many others.

    Mayes isn’t the only highly-rated offensive tackle on campus today, however. He’s in town while 2019 five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright is also visiting campus.

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    The 6-foot-5, 293-pound lineman unofficially visited Tennessee three times in 2018. His first visit came in June, and he picked up an offer from the Vols on that visit. He came back again in July, then he visited for Tennessee’s home game against Missouri in November. He took unofficial visits to NC State and North Carolina in December of 2018, and he visited Clemson last weekend.

    The giant offensive lineman has some very impressive film, and it’s easy to see why he’s projected to be one of the better linemen in the 2020 class. He moves exceptionally well for his size, and he gets downfield to make blocks at the second level with ease. He has a good first step both in run blocking and pass blocking, and he’s particularly aggressive in run blocking. Mayes plays through the echo of the whistle and regularly exerts his physical dominance over his man. He tends to play with a high pad level and will need to work on his hand placement, though. Overall, however, Mayes has a very strong body of work on his film and has a lot of tools to be effective.

    Tennessee has plenty of in-state targets on the offensive line, and they’re also looking at some out-of-state prospects on the line. Mayes figures to be one of their top targets among the players outside of Tennessee’s state borders, along with five-star Ohio State commit Paris Johnson Jr. and four-star Tate Ratledge.

    Mayes won’t be an easy pull for Tennessee, as Clemson and the in-state North Carolina schools figure to put up a big fight for him. But the Vols are in a good spot with him, and getting him on campus at the same time as Darnell Wright is a major plus.