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Trey Smith: "I'm going to stay at the University of Tennessee."

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Trey Smith at practice at the University of Tennessee: PHOTO CREDIT:WATE-TV6

The Tennessee Volunteers offensive lineman Trey Smith announced on Thursday afternoon that he is returning for his senior season with the Volunteers, opting against leaving early for the NFL draft.

After some emotional comments about his mother and his faith, Smith said, "I'm going to stay at the University of Tennessee." The All-SEC lineman just completed a successful season for the Volunteers, overcoming health concerns. In February of 2018, he was diagnosed with blood clots on his lungs. Doctors later cleared him to play.

In addition, there are numerous reports that Georgia's OL Cade Mays plans to transfer to Tennessee. Mark Schlabach of ESPN reported those are his plans. Mays' younger brother Cooper Mays signed with Tennessee for the 2020 class.

Smith was a 5-star prospect coming out of high school, ranked as ESPN's top recruit in that class. Cade Mays had originally committed to Tennessee, but "flipped" to Georgia. He also graded out as a 5-star coming out of Knox Catholic High School.

Mays played in many games at Georgia as a freshman and a sophomore.