Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal on Wednesday. And it looks like he could be heading back to Knoxville.
Within an hour of Matt Zenitz of AL.com breaking the news that Mays was exploring his options by putting his name in the portal, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported that the Knoxville native intended on staying in the SEC East and transferring to Tennessee. Since then, 247Sports is reporting the same.
Should Mays transfer to UT, he will join his little brother, Cooper, on campus for the spring semester. Cooper Mays signed with the Vols during the early signing period as a four-star center out of Knoxville Catholic High School. Cade Mays played at Knoxville Catholic as well, but signed with the Bulldogs out of high school following the firing of Butch Jones. Mays was once committed to the Vols but decommitted prior to Jones’ firing.
Cade Mays was ranked the No. 22 overall player in the class of 2018 according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He was considered the No. 1 player in the state of Tennessee and the No. 3 offensive tackle in the country.
At Georgia, Mays started six games at right guard, two at right tackle, two at left guard, and one at left tackle as a sophomore this past season. Mays played in all 14 games this season after playing in 11 of 14 games as a true freshman a season ago. He was named to the coaches’ All-SEC Freshman team in 2018.
Cade and Cooper’s father, Kevin Mays, played for Tennessee from 1991-1994. He was an All-SEC guard and offensive captain in 1994.
Cade Mays will have to sit out in 2020 due to NCAA and SEC transfer rules. With the departure of his offensive line coach at Georgia — Sam Pittman left the Bulldogs to take over as the Arkansas head coach — it is possible that he could be granted a waiver to play immediately.
We will update as more information becomes available.
UPDATE (1-8-20, 3:20 PM EST): According to Radi Nabulsi of UGASports.com, the Mays family is suing UGA and a chair manufacturing company after Kevin Mays’ pinky finger had to be amputated following an incident at an UGA athletic event. This could potentially affect Cade Mays’ ability to gain immediate eligibility in a positive way.
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