When the Tennessee Vols landed a commitment from 2023 five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava, they didn’t just get a great player, they also got a great recruiter.

Iamaleava, a California native who is ranked as the No. 3 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class, is working hard to bring more elite talent to Rocky Top.

And it looks like Iamleava’s hard work could be paying off.

A couple of top-tier recruits are set to visit Tennessee this spring and you have to assume those visits have a lot to do with Iamaleava’s commitment to the Volunteers.

2023 five-star wide receiver Brandon Inniss, 6-foot/190 lbs from Fort Lauderdale, FL, is one of the players the Vols are suddenly a threat to land.

Inniss is planning to visit Tennessee this spring, according to Rivals.com.

From Rivals:

The Volunteers have already landed five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava and have become a serious contender for Tate, another five-star who plays with Inniss on the South Florida Express team. If Inniss visits and it goes well then Tennessee could move up for him as well, but that would be a perfect scenario.


Another elite player the Vols are now in the mix for is 2023 five-star offensive lineman Francis Mauigoa.

Mauigoa, 6-foot-5/330 lbs from Bradenton, FL (by way of American Samoa), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 8 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class.

“I am trying to go to Tennessee later on,” said Mauigoa to Rivals recently. “I know Memorial Day Weekend will be a good day to go. I may go sooner.”

Mauigoa plans to release a top five or a top six later this summer.

These are the types of players that Tennessee hasn’t been getting on campus in recent years. And getting recruits on campus is half the battle in recruiting.

Nico’s commitment to the Vols legitimized Tennessee in the eyes of elite recruits. We could see the Vols land one of the best recruiting classes in program history if they can keep this momentum rolling this summer/fall.

Featured image via Rivals.com