Tennessee Makes Cut For Five-Star Quarterback

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    California quarterback Nico Iamaleava announced his top 12 on Christmas with Tennessee making the list.

    Iamaleava ranks as the nation’s third best quarterback and 13th best prospect in the 2023 class according to the On3 consensus rankings. The five-star is the No. 2 player in the state of California behind only USC quarterback commit Malachi Nelson.

    The Downey native’s top 12 includes five SEC teams and just three western teams. Besides Tennessee, UCLA, Oregon State, Georgia, Ole Miss, Miami, Auburn, Oregon, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and BYU made the cut for the sought after quarterback.

    Iamaleava unofficially visited Tennessee this fall for the South Alabama game after having to cancel visits earlier in the fall.

    The five-star quarterback has also visited Alabama, Notre Dame, UCLA and Ole Miss. Iamaleava visited both Alabama and UCLA twice, seeing the two campuses this summer and for a game this fall.

    The California prospect appears to be Josh Heupel and quarterback coach Joey Halzle’s top target at the position in the 2023 class. The Vols have done a good job to get involved early in Iamaleava’s recruitment, but there are some heavy hitters after the five-star.

    Iamaleava rank as the highest rated commit of the Heupel era to date.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.