Jacob Warren discussed the added pressure on Farragut High School after winning a Class 5A state football championship last year, while Cade Mays promised that Catholic would be celebrating one at the end of this season.
Most of the focus during Friday’s KFOA High School Football Media Day centered around their final seasons as high school athletes, but their futures at Tennessee are also on the horizon.
“I can’t wait,” Mays said. “I get there in January and I want to make an impact as soon as I get there. I’m working my butt off right now just to get stronger and be able to make that impact.
“Tennessee football is obviously turning around and I can’t wait to be a piece of that puzzle. When people look back and bring my name up, Trey (Smith’s) name up and all these other guys and say we turned the program around, that’s everything.”
Mays and Warren both stated that will utilize the NCAA’s new early signing period in December, which will allow them to graduate high school early and enroll at Tennessee in January to take part in spring practice.
“I’ve been a Vol for two years now, so there is no reason to wait,” Mays said.
“I think that’s the plan for me,” Warren added. “I want to go and begin my classes and start working out so I can be ready for my freshman season. If it doesn’t work out and I redshirt, that’s OK too. I’m just trying to get ahead so I can develop and grow.”
Mays, a five-star offensive tackle according to 247Sports Composite ranking, is the top prospect in the Vols’ 2018 class. He is ranked as the No. 13 overall player and second-best offensive tackle in the country and the best player in the state of Tennessee.
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman will join Trey Smith — Tennessee’s top 2017 prospect — as cornerstones along UT’s offensive line for years to come.
Warren, a three-star tight end who ranks as the 29th-best in the country, will provide the Vols with a 6-foot-6 target in the middle of the field.
Before their days at Tennessee begin, however, they still have one final ride. With the recruiting process already finished, the only thing Mays and Warren are focused on is finishing off high school as well as they possibly can.
“That’s why I made the decision when I did,” Warren said. “I just wanted to get it out of the way and stop worrying about it so I could work hard and play for myself. I want to focus on school and football, hanging out with my friends and family and not being a big-time recruit, but being a kid while I can. I’m still in high school, but I won’t be for much longer, so I want to enjoy while I can.”