The Tennessee Vols currently have the No. 6 ranked recruiting class in the nation (per Rivals.com).

2023 five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava, a Vols commit, thinks Tennessee has a shot at landing the top-rated class in the country.

Iamaleava, fresh off a visit to Knoxville, spoke to VolQuest’s Austin Price this week and he made it clear that the Vols’ 2023 class has “a lot of potential”.

“I think [there’s a] lot of potential in this class,” said Iamaleava. “We have a lot of potential to be the No. 1 class for sure.”

“I see a lot of opportunity with this class — we have a lot of potential and you guys will see,” added Iamaleava.

Tennessee seems to be one of the “it schools” at the moment. The Vols have been getting some of the best recruits in the nation on campus recently for visits. Guys like five-star offensive lineman Francis Mauigoa, five-star edge rusher Chandavian Bradley and four-star wide receiver Carnell Tate, among several others, are showing a lot of interest in Tennessee.

If the Vols can land just a few of those highly-rated recruits that they’ve been getting on campus, they should have a good shot at finishing with a top-five class.

Nico’s desire for the No. 1 class in the nation might be a bit ambitious — it’s going to be tough to beat out Alabama or Georgia (or Texas A&M and their deep pockets).

But as long as the Vols finish with a top-five or top 10 class, it’ll be a massive win for Tennessee and head coach Josh Heupel. There’s not a ton of difference in the No. 1 class and the No. 5 class (recruiting rankings are subjective). If the Vols can stock the roster with top 10 talent, it won’t be long before they’re a very serious threat to win the SEC.

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