Top OL says Clemson is ‘different than anything’ he’s experienced
Among the headlining visitors for Clemson’s game against Georgia Tech on Saturday was Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic offensive lineman Cade Mays.
The five-star Tennessee commitment left very impressed by the Tigers following his experience on campus.
“It was unreal,” Mays told The Clemson Insider. “I loved it.”
Mays (6-5, 300) received an offer from Clemson in December 2014. He had been to Clemson a couple of times before, but Saturday marked his first time there since he committed to the Volunteers in July 2015.
Clemson’s atmosphere and culture were very well received by Mays.
“Even though it was pouring rain they still had a sellout crowd,” he said. “Everyone was very welcoming to me. The culture there is so real and different than anything I’ve ever been around. It was a great visit.”
Mays, the son of former Tennessee and All-SEC offensive lineman Kevin Mays, is a former high school teammate of Clemson receiver Amari Rodgers. He is close friends with Clemson linebacker commit Mike Jones, who transferred to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) from Friendship Christian (Lebanon, Tenn.) after his sophomore year.
Mays said Jones, other Clemson commits and members of Clemson’s staff had a similar message for him.
“The fun is in the winning is what they kept telling me,” he said.
Mays is set to return to Clemson for an official visit on Nov. 18, when the Tigers host The Citadel.
Clemson is in a good spot with the blue-chip prospect right now.
“One of my favorite schools,” Mays said. “I can’t wait to come back on my official.”
Mays is ranked by the major recruiting services as a consensus top-five offensive tackle and top-50 overall prospect in the 2018 class.