Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer 402d

19th-ranked offensive lineman Cade Mays decommits from Vols

College Football, Football Recruiting, Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee's recruiting class took a hit Tuesday when ESPN 300 offensive lineman Cade Mays announced his decommitment.

Mays, the No. 19 prospect in the 2018 class, was the highest-ranked commitment for the Vols.

The Volunteers had the No. 11 recruiting class in the country before Mays' decision. Seven ESPN 300 prospects have committed to the Vols.

The 6-foot-6, 327-pound Mays attends Knoxville Catholic High School, about 10 miles from the Tennessee campus. But Tennessee's 4-5 record and questions about head coach Butch Jones' job security have caused concern and naturally brought in other programs trying to land Mays, the No. 3 ranked offensive tackle in this class. He recently took a visit to Georgia and is planning to visit to Ohio State, among other schools.

It is unclear if other prospects plan to follow Mays away from Tennessee. With the early signing period approaching on Dec. 20, any prospects planning to sign early will need to make a decision in the next two months.

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