Top recruits not following Nico Iamaleava to Vols

Five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava’s effect on Tennessee football recruiting has been good but not great.

It’s not quite the impact of Arch Manning, whose commitment to Texas was followed by a flurry of five-star and four-star recruits to the Longhorns.

And Tennessee is struggling to land some prime targets on offense, where players could play directly with Iamaleava. On Monday, five-star offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa picked Miami over Tennessee as the latest highly-touted recruit to pass on the Vols.

But Tennessee’s 2023 class is No. 10 in 247Sports Composite rankings with five months until the early signing period, due in part to Iamaleava’s high rating and impact on other recruits. The Vols haven’t finished in the top 10 since the 2015 class under Butch Jones.

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Pinning the responsibility of adding top recruits to a quarterback seems unfair.

Recruits choose a school for all kinds of reasons: geography, tradition, style of play, team colors, apparel brand, opportunity to play immediately, family ties, area of ​​academic study and much more.

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