Rivals.com national recruiting director gave a review this week of 2023 five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava that should get Tennessee Vols fans excited.

Gorney asked this week if Iamaleava, a Vols commit, is the best quarterback in the 2023 recruiting class.

Arch Manning is currently the No. 1 rated quarterback in the 2023 class, but Iamaleava is right there in the mix according to Gorney.

Here’s what Gorney had to say about Iamaleava after watching the dynamic quarterback in a 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas this past weekend:

Iamaleava was fantastic throughout the weekend and outplayed (5-star QB Malachi) Nelson during their matchup on Friday night.

The Long Beach (Calif.) Poly quarterback who is committed to Tennessee not only had flash throws but patiently and methodically moved his team down the field against South Florida Express and didn’t let the moment get control of him.

Iamaleava has matured on the field over the last year. Not everything has to be highlight-reel, the deep throw that sometimes hits his receiver or sails out of bounds. He’s smarter, savvier, more patient and that has added another element to his game. Plus, Iamaleava is a freak athlete who has also been a volleyball star and his arm talent is unquestioned.

Nico is obviously a talented kid. And Vols fans should definitely be excited about that. But what should really excite Tennessee fans is the fact that Iamaleava is continuing to improve and becoming a mature player who isn’t easily rattled on the field.

The calmness and leadership that Iamaleava exhibits as a recruit is exactly what will help Tennessee win close SEC games once he’s on campus.

Iamaleava is the type of quarterback that wins national championships at the collegiate level. I’m not about to say that’s what’s going to happen at Tennessee — making predictions about UT football hasn’t worked out too well for me over the last decade that I’ve been doing this. But the Vols are going to have a quarterback in Nico that’s as good as any quarterback in the nation — including whoever Alabama, Georgia, or Ohio State trots out on Saturdays.

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