- There is a lot of hype around Nico Iamaleava’s potential.
- He showed why there is such a significant buzz during Overtime’s 7-on-7 competition on Saturday.
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As Tennessee football tries to turn the chapter on mediocrity and return to national relevance, a large part of its future is set to enroll next year. Nico Iamaleava, a five-star quarterback in the recruiting Class of 2023 who is also the nation’s top volleyball recruit, committed to play for the Vols earlier this year.
The 6-foot-5, 195-pound California-native’s recruitment came with a lot of pomp and circumstance. Not long after taking some fresh visit photos with a G-Wagon, a five-star recruit in the Class of 2023 signed an NIL deal worth up to $8 million. Not long after that, Iamaleava committed to Tennessee.
Thus, although nothing is confirmed, Iamaleava is widely believed to be the $8 million man. Showing up to throw at the Elite 11 in Prada sunglasses only furthered that narrative.
Whether Iamaleava was the one who signed the deal or not, there is a lot of buzz around his potential. And it’s not hard to see why.
Nico Iamaleava and his 7-on-7 team competed at Overtime’s new OT7 competition over the weekend and he put on a show.
To kick things off, Iamaleava had a fantastic Friday while rocking some Sesame Street pajama pants.
Early on Saturday evening, the future Volunteer signal-caller dropped a deep ball where only his receiver could go get it for six.
— On3 Recruits (@On3Recruits) June 12, 2022
He then threw a touchdown on a rope that was so fast that the receiver could barely hang on. It was a perfect ball to the back of the end zone and one of the best throws that you will ever see from a high schooler.
— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) June 12, 2022
A few minutes later, Iamaleava showed off his skills in the pocket. He danced and ducked around a crashing defense and delivered another dart.
To close out the night, he had another nice read for another nice touchdown.
Tennessee 5 ⭐️ QB commit Nico Iamaleava throwing DARTS 🎯
— Nick Harris (@RivalsNick) June 12, 2022
From start to finish, Iamaleava put on a clinic and his team won 25-6. He was perfect on the night and made it very clear that he lives up to the hype.