Neyland Stadium, the home of the Tennessee Vols, is currently undergoing major renovations, but it was still the setting for one of the best sights of the weekend for UT fans.

A couple of five-star recruits, Vols commit Nico Iamaleava and offensive tackle Francis Mauioga, visited Tennessee this past weekend.

Iamaleava and Mauigoa, who already share a bond thanks to their American Samoan heritage, spent some time together in Neyland Stadium during their visit.

A clip of the duo that was posted to Instagram shows Iamaleava and Mauigoa having a good time on Shields-Watkins Field. Specifically, the clip shows Mauigoa imitating the way Iamaleava plays quarterback.

Mauigoa is easily one of the Vols’ most important 2023 recruiting targets. If Tennessee is going to beat teams like Alabama and Georgia, they need elite players in the trenches. Mauigoa is rated as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation in 247Sports’ composite rankings, so he certainly qualifies as “elite”.

The highly sought-after recruit is set to announce his commitment on July 4. Alabama, Florida, Miami, Tennessee, and USC are the five programs in the mix to land Mauigoa.

Tennessee is in a good spot for Mauigoa. And based on the chemistry we saw between Mauigoa and Iamaleava during their time in Neyland Stadium, I’d say the Vols should feel pretty good about their chances in this battle.

It’s never over until a player signs (and even then there’s the NCAA transfer portal to worry about), but I think Tennessee fans should feel pretty confident about landing Mauigoa on July 4.

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