After his initial request for immediate eligibility was denied, Tennessee offensive lineman Cade Mays has won an appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility, Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt announced Thursday. The Georgia transfer is expected to be an immediate starter for Tennessee, which opens the season against South Carolina on Sept. 26. Pruitt noted that Mays will still need SEC approval to play but told reporters, “I have a lot of confidence in the outcome.”

Mays is considered the No. 13 offensive line prospect in CBS Sports’ 2021 NFL Draft prospect rankings. He is a Knoxville, Tennessee native and former five-star prospect from the class of 2018.

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