One of the Tennessee Vols‘ biggest remaining 2023 recruiting targets is five-star offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa.

Mauigoa, 6-foot-5/330 lbs from American Samoa, is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 9 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class.

The elite 2023 recruit took an official visit to Tennessee this weekend. He spoke to VolQuest after the visit about a timeline for his commitment decision.

Mauigoa told VolQuest that he plans to commit on July 4. He said the decision will mostly be based on “development”. Mauigoa knows he can get to the NFL, but he wants to make sure he’s coached by someone who will help guide him in the right direction.

Here’s the scouting report on Mauigoa from 247Sports:

A massive lineman out of American Samoa that moves different than most people his size. At one point considered himself more of a pass rusher by trade, but has started to embrace the idea of protecting quarterbacks for a living instead of trying to sack them. Tested in the upper percentile for someone that’s pushing 6-foot-5, 330 pounds as he went 5.3 on the lasers in the 40-yard dash and added a 4.7 in the short shuttle the spring before his junior year. A bully of sorts that uses his raw power to simply overwhelm defenders. At his best when he can just fire out of his stance and drive block as he uses a wide base to establish leverage. Not one to give up on a play and will try to find extra work.

The Vols look to be in pretty good shape in this recruiting battle, but that doesn’t mean Mauigoa will end up at Tennessee.

It’s important to note that UT was also in a good spot for five-star wide receiver Carnell Tate before he eventually committed to Ohio State. Tate and Mauigoa both attend IMG Academy in Florida, which is where former Vols assistant Brian Niedermeyer is currently employed (as the school’s defensive coordinator). Niedermeyer was fired by Tennessee in the midst of a recruiting investigation last year and it appears that he still holds a grudge against the Vols.

Niedermeyer seemingly celebrated Tate picking Ohio State over Tennessee. I don’t know if he will play a factor in Mauigoa’s eventual decision, but it’s something worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks.

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