He had really caught the eye playing for Hartpury College last season but seized the chance to lay down a marker in preseason with an opportunist try against Connacht.
This led to a call up to the England U20 squad for the Six Nations campaign, which included a try against Wales on his home turf here at Kingsholm, before getting the nod for Argentina.
Unlike many of his U20 team mates, this is May's first year in the set up and the Swindon born centre told the Citizen that he's enjoying being the new kid on the block.
"People were turning round and thinking 'who's this guy?' because most of these guys have been in the set-up since they were young and I've missed out on that.
"But once you play a game of rugby with the guys they are like your family and now I'm really settled in. You have to see yourself as equal to them because you're in the same team as them.
"You have to work alongside them, learn stuff off some guys and hope that others will learn stuff off you."
As well as breaking into the U20 set up, May has also featured several times at first team level. Most memorable may have been facing Australia at Kingsholm but he also marked his first Guinness Premiership start with a try at Welford Road.
He admitted that his season has progressed well.
"It was always in my mind this year was going to be my last real chance to be involved in age group rugby but my plan was to have a good pre-season with Gloucester Academy and have a good go at getting into that Moseley side," he said.
"But within a couple of weeks I was called up into the first team and it has rocketed on from there really.
"I played a few warm-up games with Gloucester, then I was straight into the Moseley side. That went really well and as a reaction to that and how well I was doing there I got an opportunity for the England Under-20s.
May concluded by stating that he's not travelling to Argentina with any preconceptions of how the tournament will go.
"I'm just going to go out there and try and learn and better myself, enjoy it as it comes and take it as it happens.
"It's a World Cup and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. I want to get everything I can out of it. I'm not even thinking about next year, just solely winning this World Cup."