Tennessee Fans Show Love to Five-Star QB Nico Iamaleava

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    Five-star quarterback recruit Nico Iamaleava is getting the red carpet treatment in Knoxville this weekend. While in town for a visit to the Tennessee football program, Iamaleava has been keeping folks up to date with his activities through social media posts.

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    Iamaleava arrived in town on Thursday and was in downtown Knoxville for the night.

    In addition, as shown in a picture posted to Twitter and Instagram from Vol Report, Tennessee’s campus Rock was also painted in anticipation of Iamaleava’s big weekend in Knoxville.

    While on his visit, Iamaleava did attend the Tennessee basketball game on Saturday afternoon in a sold-out Thompson Boling Arena against No. 14 Arkansas. The Vols’ student section made a big impact on the play on the court, but they also left a lasting impact on Iamaleava.

    During the game, Tennessee’s student section rained down chants on “We Want Nico” with the five-star quarterback in the crowd behind the basket on the Tennessee bench’s side.

    Tennessee class of 2023 commit Jack Luttrell was also in attendance for the game and posted a video of Iamaleava to his Instagram.

    Iamaleava, a five-star quarterback in the class of 2023 according to 247 Sports, On3 Sports, and Rivals, is the consensus third-ranked quarterback in his class.

    On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine currently has Tennessee with the third-best chances to land the elite prospect at 12.5 percent. The Vols are behind Oregon at 51 percent and Alabama at 15.1 percent, but they did jump Georgia (11.8 percent) in the last few days.

    Whether he does commit to Tennessee or not at the end of his recruitment, the Vols’ fanbase has been doing everything in their power to convince five-star Nico Iamaleava to go to Tennessee.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.