‘All In’: Nico Iamaleava Holding Strong in Commitment to Tennessee

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    Five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava is only one of five players in the On3 Sports’ Top 20 player rankings that have made their commitment already. Iamaleava announced his commitment to Tennessee on Mar. 21 and was in Knoxville this past weekend visiting the program.

    In addition to attending the Vols’ spring game on Saturday afternoon, Iamaleava also took part in the Pylon 7-on-7 tournament at Farragut High School.

    Whether he was throwing touchdowns to uncommitted four-star wide receiver Jordan Anderson at the tournament or talking to five-star wide receiver Carnell Tate at the spring game, Iamaleava was putting the work in to recruit the best talent to Tennessee.

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    Iamaleava’s work recruiting is a positive sign for Tennessee moving into the middle of the year. With the quarterback being such a foundational piece to Tennessee’s class, having Iamaleava mixing it up with other players is only building more and more momentum here in the early stages of the recruiting cycle.

    While speaking with Rocky Top Insider on Sunday, Iamaleava doubled down on his commitment to Tennessee.

    “I’m committed and I’m all in,” Iamaleava said. “I’m really just having a great time [in Knoxville].”

    The tournament over the weekend was just a taste of what will come in Knoxville, as many fans clad in orange made their way to Farragut High School to watch the Tennessee commit.

    “I think the Tennessee orange is just a hard orange, isn’t it?” Iamaleava said with a laugh. “Man, it’s just different. I like wearing the color. It definitely suits me well. The fans are the support is crazy. Got to check the baseball game out last night and they started a couple chants. I love all the support they have shown and I look forward to getting back up here.”

    During a cold baseball game on Saturday night in Knoxville, the Vols’ fans at Lindsey Nelson Stadium broke out a “We Want Kasper” chant as four-star wide receiver Kyler Kasper sat in attendance with Iamaleava and others.

    While performing in the tournament, Iamaleava’s most noticeable trait was his accuracy. Whether it was short, medium, or long-range passes, Iamaleava was able to put the ball where it needed to be. Standing at 6-foot-5, the five-star quarterback’s height gives him a high launch point for his throw. Iamaleava made it look effortless to hit his target in stride fifty yards down the field in both warm-ups and during in-game action.

    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.