It’s been another eventful week in Clemson recruiting. The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest news and notes surrounding the Tigers:
5-star Clemson target de-commits from Tennessee. Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic five-star offensive tackle Cade Mays formally de-committed from Tennessee on Tuesday.
Mays (pictured) had been committed to the Volunteers since July 2015. He is the son of former Tennessee and All-SEC offensive lineman Kevin Mays.
It figured to be only a matter of time before Mays made the announcement. He had already begun exploring other options amidst speculation about Butch Jones’ future at Tennessee.
Mays (6-5, 300) is coming off of an unofficial visit to Georgia on Saturday. He made an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Georgia Tech game on Oct. 28 and is scheduled for an official visit to Clemson next weekend when the Tigers host The Citadel. Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee are expected to get official visits as well before Mays signs in December and enrolls early at his school of choice.
Clemson freshman receiver Amari Rodgers was teammates with Mays at Knoxville Catholic. Mays is close friends with Clemson linebacker commit Mike Jones, whom he has known since middle school.
Jones chimed in on Twitter after Mays released the news of his de-commitment:
So did Clemson five-star commit Xavier Thomas:
Tigers make cut for top 2019 target. On Monday, Thomaston (Ga.) Upson-Lee 2019 four-star defensive lineman Travon Walker named Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina his top four schools.
In addition to the aforementioned schools, Walker (6-4, 240) has offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee.
Clemson offered Walker in January, and defensive line coach Todd Bates has made him a priority in the next cycle. Bates remains in regular contact with Walker and attended one of his games last month.
Walker most recently visited Clemson for the Auburn game in September. He also checked out Clemson during the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.
Walker told TCI recently that he has built a good relationship with Bates. “If I had to explain it, it would have to be like one of my closest cousins,” Walker said of their relationship. “We just bond like that.”
Walker could project at either defensive end or tackle at the next level. He is ranked as a top-50 prospect in the 2019 class regardless of position.
** Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman 2018 offensive lineman Jordan McFadden told TCI he will take his official visit to Clemson next weekend. McFadden has been slated to make the Clemson official next weekend but had thought about rescheduling it because his birthday is next weekend.
McFadden, a Virginia Tech commitment, made his official visit to Virginia Tech the weekend of Oct. 28. He also unofficially visited Virginia Tech for the Clemson game on Sept. 30 and made unofficial visits to Clemson for the Auburn and Boston College games in September as well.
** Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy guard Trey McGowens will take an official visit to Clemson this weekend.
McGowens, a native of Wren, S.C., received an offer from Clemson last month. He transferred from Wren to Hargrave and recently reclassified to the 2019 class.
** As we reported last month, Largo (Fla.) 2019 four-star defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells is set to visit Clemson on Saturday for the Florida State game. He visited Clemson for the first time in July after receiving an offer from the Tigers in June.
Sorrells has been committed to Florida since June 2016, but is taking a look around with Jim McElwain out of the picture at Florida. He visited Florida State on Oct. 21 and Alabama last Saturday, and plans to visit Michigan on Nov. 25.
Sorrells won’t be the only Florida commit in Death Valley this weekend, as Dunnellon (Fla.) 2019 four-star receiver Maurice Goolsby told us he will be there as well.
Goolsby, who committed to Florida in June, named Clemson among his top schools back in March.
Stay tuned to TCI for much more on this weekend’s guest list.
** Clemson five-star quarterback commit Trevor Lawrence was recognized as a U.S. Army All-American on Tuesday. Lawrence received his All-American jersey during a school ceremony at Cartersville (Ga.) High. The Army All-American Bowl will take place on Jan. 6 in San Antonio.