A day after entering the transfer portal, Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays has a new home. And it appears to be the same as his old home.
The University of Tennessee announced the addition of Mays on Thursday. Mays is originally from Knoxville and was a longtime Tennessee commit during his recruiting process for the 2018 cycle before signing with Georgia.
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News of Mays entering the portal broke on Wednesday, the same day it became known that Mays’ family was suing the University of Georgia for an incident that happened in December of 2017 that resulted in the amputation of a part Mays’ father’s finger while on a visit to Georgia.
Mays signed with Georgia as a 5-star prospect out of Knoxville, Tenn., in the 2018 class. He started six games for Georgia this past season at a number of positions, including left tackle in Georgia’s 26-14 win over Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. Mays would’ve been the favorite to be the left tackle for Georgia in 2020 had he returned to the school.
The lawsuit filed by Mays’ parents is seeking over $3 million in lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Kevin Mays, who played at Tennessee, alleges he had a portion of his pinky finger snapped off in an accident with a folding chair and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors were unable to reattach the finger.
The lawsuit was filed on Dec. 5, days before Georgia took on LSU in the SEC championship and just before Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman left to become the offensive line coach at Arkansas.
Under current NCAA and SEC rules, Mays would have to sit a season as he has not yet graduated. The only way he could possibly play would be due to an NCAA waiver. Mays has enlisted the help of attorney Thomas Mars to try and gain eligibility for the 2020 season. Mars did help get a waiver for former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields.
Mars accused the University of Georgia of leaking the story to a sportswriter. The University of Georgia issued a statement in response to Mars’ claims.
“Unlike Mr. Mars, we will not engage in a public discussion of a student eligibility matter, other than to wish the best for Cade and his family,” the statement said. “Although the Mays lawsuit is a public document available on the internet, no one at UGA was authorized to discuss it, we’re not aware of anyone who did so, and the reporter who broke the story of the lawsuit has stated that he was not notified by anyone at UGA.”
In addition to Mays’ father playing for Tennessee, his younger brother signed with the Volunteers as a member of the 2020 recruiting cycle.
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