Cade, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 305 pounds, had offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, and Texas A&M. He is a son of former Vol lineman Kevin Mays.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks now and just discussed it with my family, and I think it’s the right fit for me,” said Cade, as reported by the Knoxville News Sentinel.
“Tennessee’s got a lot going for them right now, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Cade plays left tackle and defensive end for the Fighting Irish.
“I told my dad there’s nowhere else that I could go by myself and feel like it’s home,” he told the News Sentinel.
Cade received his first scholarship offer from the Vols before the start of his freshman year in high school more than a year ago.
He told Vol head coach Butch Jones of his decision July 13 while visiting the UT campus with his family. He picked the Vols from among 11 schools competing for his services.
“Coach Jones wanted to have me and my family down, and I just thought it was a good time to go ahead and pull the trigger,” Cade told the News Sentinel. “I was there for two or three hours. I just ate lunch with the coaches, and then I went into Coach Jones’ office and we had a talk with my family, and I just told him.”