Top recruits do not follow Nico Iamaleava to Vols


Top recruits do not follow Nico Iamaleava to Vols

Five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava’s impact on Tennessee football’s recruiting has been good, but not great.

It’s not quite the influence of Arch Manning, whose commitment to Texas was followed by a spate of five-star and four-star recruits for the Longhorns.

And Tennessee is struggling to land some key targets on offense where players could play straight with Iamaleava. On Monday, five-star offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa picked Miami over Tennessee as the latest highly acclaimed recruit to pass the Vols.

But the Tennessee 2023 class is No. 10 in the 247Sports Composite rankings with five months to an early contract signing, due in part to Iamaleava’s high rating and his influence on other recruits. The Vols have not finished in the top 10 since the 2015 class under Butch Jones.

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It seems unfair to pin the responsibility for adding top recruits to a quarterback.

Recruits choose a school for all sorts of reasons: geography, tradition, playstyle, team colors, clothing brand, ability to play right away, family ties, academic field of study, and more.

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