KNOXVILLE — Tennessee made the addition of one football transfer official.
Another one is expected to be coming as well.
Late Thursday evening, Southern California athlete Velus Jones Jr. announced on his Twitter page that he would be joining the Volunteers as a graduate transfer, giving him one final year to join a program that's been on the ascent in recent weeks.
Earlier that evening, Tennessee confirmed the reported addition of Georgia transfer offensive lineman Cade Mays, who made 17 starts for the Bulldogs in two seasons. He was expected to be Georgia's starting left tackle in 2020 but as of now is expected to miss the 2020 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines.
The family reportedly has hired an attorney and plans to apply for a waiver to make him immediately eligible.
"As a guy with multiple years of starting experience on the offensive line in the SEC, Cade is a tremendous addition to our program," Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said in a news release.
"He's tough and he's powerful, and he is a versatile player who can line up anywhere on the offensive line. He will have an impact on the field, and he will also have a positive effect on our team and in the offensive line room with his leadership ability. We added a lot of great young players in December, and it's exciting to also add a veteran like Cade to the Vols."
Now the Vols also will have Jones, who was primarily used as a kick returner but also played receiver for the Trojans during his career. He finished second all-time in USC kick-return yards (1,947) to current Tennessee Titan Adoree' Jackson's 2,141. Jones had 704 return yards in 2019, including a 100-yard return for a score against Fresno State in the season opener.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder caught 24 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown in 2018, finishing with 36 catches and 347 yards during his career. He added a rushing touchdown.
The Vols lose their top two receivers in yardage in Jauan Jennings and Marquez Callaway, who combined for 89 catches, 1,604 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2019. Tennessee does return Josh Palmer, freshman Ramel Keyton and senior Brandon Johnson, who elected to redshirt in 2019.
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