Tennessee In Top Group For Nation’s Top Offensive Tackle

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    Five-star offensive lineman Francis Mauigoa dropped his top six Saturday following his first visit to Tennessee. The Vols joined Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, USC and Miami in Mauigoa’s top group.

    Mauigoa is one of the top players in the country and one of the Vols’ top targets, ranking as the No. 13 overall player and No. 1 offensive tackle in the country according to the 247sports composite rankings.  The 6-foot-5, 330 pound lineman is the No. 10 player and No. 2 offensive tackle in the country according to the On3 consensus rankings.

    Mauigoa is American Samoan, coming to the continental United States from the American islands in the Pacific. The five-star plays his prep football at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida with fellow Tennessee targets Carnell Tate and Devin Hyatt.

    The offensive tackle has been active visiting schools this spring seeing Florida and Miami twice as well as making lone visits to USC, Tennessee and Michigan State.

    Mauigoa’s most recent visit was to Knoxville for the Vols’ massive “RockyTopPalooza” weekend. Tennessee quarterback commit Nico Iamaleava was in town as well as a number of top Vol targets.

    The Pacific Islander has summer official visits planned to both Miami and Alabama according to 247sports.

    Josh Heupel’s second full recruiting class in Knoxville currently ranks in the nation’s top 10 and includes commits from a pair of Volunteer State offensive lineman. Mt. Juliet’s Ayden Bussell and Knoxville Catholic’s Trevor Duncan each committed to Tennessee earlier this year.

    The Vols are actively recruiting Chattanooga offensive lineman Brycen Sanders and the Baylor School standout is set to make his college commitment at the end of this month.

    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.