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Tennessee 5-star QB commit Nico Iamaleava enjoying his weekend in Knoxville

PeterWarrenPhoto2by:Peter Warren09/24/22


Long Beach (Calif.) Downey five-star quarterback and Tennessee commit Nico Iamaleava is really enjoying his weekend visit to Rocky Top.

He talked with Karthik Venkataraman of the Knoxville, Tenn., NBC affiliate prior to Saturday’s game about what attracts him to the Volunteers.

“Everything about it, the whole atmosphere, the environment, the fans are crazy. I love that about the fans. Just playing for guys like coach Heupel, coach Golesh and coach Halzle. I cant wait,” Iamaleava said.

He also gave a prediction for the game versus Florida.

“I say we win by three touchdowns.”

The On3 Consensus — a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies — has Iamaleava as the No. 7 recruit in the 2023 cycle.

Iamaleava is ranked higher by On3, which slots him in as the No. 2 player in the country behind only New Orleans Isidore Newman Five-Star Plus+ quarterback Arch Manning.

He currently has an On3 NIL Valuation of $1.1 million. The On3 NIL Valuation is an index that looks to set the standard market value for both high school and college-level athletes. The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.

Nico Iamaleava Scouting Summary

High-upside signal caller who may have the best physical tools among quarterbacks in the 2023 cycle. Has one of the stronger arms in the cycle, generating considerable velocity on his throws in camp settings. Tall with a slender build with room to fill out. Boasts a quick, clean throwing motion despite his longer arms. A bouncy, fluid mover who doubles as a top volleyball player. Still developing in terms of some technical aspects of the game. Plays in a high school offense that is heavily skewed towards quick passes and screens. Can continue to improve his accuracy on downfield passes. Has done a very good job taking care of the football with just two interceptions in his first two varsity seasons.