Nico Iamaleava Has Caught the Mike Honcho Fever in Knoxville

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The biggest weekend of Tennessee Football’s spring is officially underway. With the Vols’ 2022 spring scrimmage happening on Saturday, Tennessee is using the chance to bring in some of the most highly touted prospects in the country for a visit. One of those players is none other than five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava.

Iamaleava announced his verbal commitment to Tennessee back in March and is currently in Knoxville at the time of this publication. Still planning on attending Tennessee’s recruiting activities and scrimmage, Iamaleava is also participating in the Pylon Sports’ 7-on-7 tournament at Farragut High School this Saturday and Sunday.

With such a loaded weekend ahead, Iamaleava and the other recruits in town are still finding plenty of ways to have fun in town.

On Friday afternoon, Nico Iamaleava posted a video to TikTok while dancing and wearing the Mike Honcho Tennessee baseball jersey shirt. Also in the video appears to be three-star safety Jack Luttrell and Iamaleava’s brother, Madden, a quarterback recruit in the class of 2025.

Iamaleava wearing a Honcho jersey is a clash of two of the biggest storylines happening on campus right now.

As mentioned earlier, having Iamaleava on campus this weekend is a massive piece of Tennessee’s recruiting puzzle. The Vols will be hosting some very talented prospects this weekend, like WR Kyler Kasper and WR Carnell Tate, grouping them up with Iamaleava to hopefully establish a strong relationship.

On the other side of things, though, Tennessee baseball head coach Tony Vitello almost broke the college baseball internet last Friday when doing a mid-game interview. Prior to Vitello’s live interview during the game, Tennessee outfielder Jordan Beck had a home run that was called back due to an illegal bat. As it turns out, Beck’s bat was needing a Vanderbilt approval sticker, which it did not.

While doing his mid-game interview, Vitello revealed some shocking truths about Beck.

“I guess the sticker came off during [batting practice],” Vitello said during the interview. “There was no sticker on the bat, you’ve gotta have a sticker. We’ve actually, since I learned that, we’ve got a few bats that somehow, conveniently, the stickers have come off. So I don’t know. I don’t even know that Jordan Beck should be at the University of Tennessee. He forged his transcript. He’s actually a 35-year-old man named Mike Honcho.”

Since that interview was held, Tennessee fans have erupted with support for the new revelation. As Nico Iamaleava was showing off on Friday, Honcho No. 27 shirts have been selling left and right throughout the week as Honcho Fever continues to catch on.

Stay tuned to Rocky Top Insider for full coverage on Iamaleava’s 7-on-7 tournament, Tennessee’s spring football scrimmage on Saturday, and Tennessee baseball coverage all weekend.

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.