Several Tennessee 2023 Commits in Knoxville for Tennessee-Florida

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    Nico Iamaleava

    Tennessee quarterback commit Nico Iamaleava and four-star safety commit Sylvester Smith. Photo by Rocky Top Insider/Ric Butler.

    Several committed players in Tennessee’s 2023 recruiting class will be in Knoxville this weekend for the Vols’ game against Florida.

    While some of them have seen Tennessee play in the past, this will be the first opportunity for some of the Vols’ commits to actually see the team play in Neyland Stadium. And, frankly, those players could not have picked a better weekend.

    Aside from wonderful East Tennessee September weather that is expected for the game, the environment outside and inside of Neyland Stadium is expected to be massive. Tennessee will have ESPN’s College GameDay and Barstool Sports College Football Show live on campus on Saturday morning before a Checker Neyland game against Florida that afternoon.

    “It’s also a great environment for our recruits to be able to see what gameday looks like here,” Head coach Josh Heupel said about the gameday atmosphere on Thursday. “Man, there’s nothing better than gameday here in Knoxville, Tennessee. It starts when we load the buses and drive over. You can see the fans along the river, whether that’s on the boats or tailgating on the other side of it. And when you get out for Vol Walk and there are 40,000 people? Man, there’s nothing like it in college sports.”

    Tennessee Recruiting: ‘A Huge Weekend for Us’: More Recruits Heading to Knoxville for Tennessee-Florida

    Tennessee and head coach Josh Heupel are more than familiar with how impactful Tennessee’s gameday environment can be for these young recruits. And with the Vols bringing in so many uncommitted players in future classes this weekend, it will be beneficial for some of the 2023 commits to meet those players face-to-face and start recruiting themselves for the Vols.

    “Recruiting, it’s a huge weekend for us,” Heupel continued on to say. “You don’t do anything that takes away from your preparation, your player’s preparation. The game is the most important thing. But those moments that you have an opportunity to on the recruiting piece is vital to the continued growth of our program.”

    Tennessee Commits

    Four-Star CB Jordan Matthews

    Three-Star WR Nate Spillman

    Three/Four-Star WR Nathan Leacock

    Four-Star OL Sham Umarov

    Three-Star CB Cristian Conyer

    Five-Star QB Nico Iamaleava

    Class of 2024’s Carson Gentle

    Tennessee has 21 commitments in its class of 2023 as of Sept. 22, 2022. The Vols’ most recent commitment comes from four-star cornerback Jordan Matthews back in August, who shocked the world by picking Tennessee over Texas and Michigan.

    Tennessee 2023 Recruiting Class (rankings via 247 Sports):

    QB Nico Iamaleava

    • Five-star
    • Long Beach, California
    • 6-foot-5, 195-pounds
    • Committed 3/21/22

    EDGE Chandavian Bradley

    • Five-star (247 Composite)/Four-star
    • Platte City, Missouri
    • 6-foot-5, 220-pounds
    • Committed 7/10/22

    EDGE Caleb Herring

    • Four-star
    • Murfreesboro, Tennessee
    • 6-foot-5, 210-pounds
    • Committed 4/19/22

    TE Ethan Davis

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot-5, 215-pounds
    • Suwanee, Georgia
    • Committed 12/12/21

    ATH/WR Cameron Seldon

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot-1, 220-pounds
    • Northumberland, Virginia
    • Committed 7/7/22

    Cornerback Jordan Matthews

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot, 165-pounds
    • Baton Rogue, Louisiana
    • Committed 8/15/22

    Safety Sylvester Smith

    • Four-star
    • 5-foot-11, 192-pounds
    • Munford, Alabama
    • Committed 4/26/22

    OT Shamurad (Sham) Umarov

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot-6, 270-pounds
    • Alpharetta, Georgia
    • Committed 7/8/22

    DL Tyree Weathersby

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot-4, 251-pounds
    • Douglasville, Georgia
    • Committed 7/1/22

    WR Nathan Leacock

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot-3, 200-pounds
    • Raliegh, N.C.
    • Committed 7/22/22

    OT/ATH Trevor Duncan

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot-5, 275-pounds
    • Knoxville, Tennessee
    • Committed 4/15/22

    CB Rickey Gibson

    • Four-star
    • 6-foot, 171-pounds
    • Trussville, Alabama
    • Committed 8/14/22

    LB Jalen Smith

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot, 213-pounds
    • Loganville, Georgia
    • Committed 7/10/22

    DL Nathan Robinson

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-5, 243-pounds
    • Greenbrier, Tennessee
    • Committed 4/11/22

    CB Cristian Conyer

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-1.5, 170-pounds
    • Bowling Green, Kentucky
    • Committed 7/3/22

    Safety John Salughter

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-1.5, 194-pounds
    • Southaven, Mississippi
    • Committed 6/25/22

    IOL Ayden Bussell

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-4, 291-pounds
    • Mount Juliet, Tennessee
    • Committed 1/31/22

    ILB Jeremiah Telander

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-4, 217-pounds
    • Gainesville, Georgia
    • Committed 6/26/22

    Safety Jack Luttrell

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot, 177-pounds
    • Moultrie, Georgia
    • Committed 7/31/21

    RB Will Stallings Jr

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot, 211-pounds
    • Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Committed 6/19/22

    WR Nate Spillman

    • Three-star
    • 6-foot-1, 180-pounds
    • Franklin, Tennessee
    • Committed 3/6/22
    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.


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