Nico Iamaleava Set for 7-on-7 Tournament This Weekend in Knoxville

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    Nico Iamaleava set to visit Knoxville for 7-on-7 Tournament

    Tennessee quarterback commit Nico Iamaleava will be in Knoxville this weekend to compete in a 7-on-7 tournament, Rocky Top Insider has learned. Iamaleava will be participating in the Pylon 7-on-7 tournament, which is slated to happen this Saturday and Sunday at Farragut High School.

    For Tennessee and college football fans in the local area, it will be the first opportunity to see one of the highest-rated quarterback prospects in the country live and in action since his verbal commitment to the Vols.

    Pylon’s 7-on-7 events are a long-standing tournament-style setup that gives high school athletes the chance to show off their talent in a different type of environment on the gridiron. According to Pylon’s website, the tournament has been helping players succeed for over 15 years across three different continents.

    “7on7 is a competitive, non-contact way to play football,” Pylon’s website states. “It mimics the fast pace of football minus the linemen. It’s played on a regulation-size football field from the 40-yard line to the end zone. For Pylon, it is used as a way to evaluate talent during the off-season in contrast to the traditional combines that can hurt an athlete’s recruiting stock.”

    Pylon’s tournament will be held at Farragut High School in Knoxville on Apr. 9 and Apr. 10.

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    Iamaleava, a five-star in the recruiting class according to On3, 247, and Rivals, committed to Tennessee on Mar. 21. As one of the most talented athletes in the nation, Iamaleava instantly became a foundational piece to Tennessee’s class the second he made his verbal commitment. Not only that, though, Tennessee showed the college football world that they would be ready to compete for the best talent in each class.

    According to On3 Sports, Iamaleava is currently ranked as the third-ranked quarterback in the class and the second-ranked player from the state of California. In addition, On3 also has Iamaleava as the fifth-ranked overall prospect from the class.

    Iamaleava announced his commitment in March through a video post on social media. Less than a week later, Iamaleava dropped another hype video to build the excitement around his commitment to Tennessee.

    “I definitely think I’m the best quarterback in the class,” Iamaleava said in the hype video. “I’m definitely trying to be that impact player that brings a National Championship back.”

    Stay connected with Rocky Top Insider throughout the week for coverage of Nico Iamaleava at the Pylon 7-on-7 Tournament this weekend in Knoxville.

    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.