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ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Niko Iamaleva is committed to the Tennessee Volunteers

ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Niko Iamaleva is committed to the Tennessee Volunteers

Josh Heupel has earned a commitment from his highest rated player since joining Tennessee State as head coach on the ESPN Junior 300 team. Nico Iamaleva Declared his commitment to the volumes.

Iamaleava is the No. 24 potential player in the 2023 class and No. 4 quarterback. He’s a 6-foot-6, 195-pound signal connecter from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California.

“Family ambiance, atmosphere, culture,” said Imamaleva’s father Nicholas. “Having a mother (Iamaleva) on a visit to Tennessee really reinforced that she was able to experience it.” “Visiting Tennessee was a real hands-on, and the wives (the coaches) came out and gave us a good idea of ​​the program. We know we’ll be able to leave him there and they’ll be able to take care of him for him.”

Ranked so highly, Iamaleava has received offers from nearly every major program in the country, listing its last five schools as Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee, and Oregon. It is the second ESPN Jr. 300 that he sticks to in the 2023 class, along with the tight finish Ethan DavisHe is the first quarterback to be ranked in the Top 300 for Heubel Coordinator and Offensive Coordinator Alex Golish.

The staff added four-star Stephen Jackson in the 2022 class, but they saw it Harrison Bailey And the Brian Maurer Move it outside. Staff has 2021 start Hendon Hooker Back in 2022, as well as backup Joe Milton. Hooker threw 2,945 yards, 31 touchdowns and 3 interceptions last season and solidified himself as a starter after transferring from Virginia Tech and starting the season as a backup for Milton.

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Hooker’s success, and the earlier success Heupel had experienced in earlier stations, played a large part in Iamaleava’s decision to choose Tennessee.

“This decision, because of what they did with all the midfielders in front of them, came just to see the numbers Hooker had compared to previous years,” said Nicholas Iamaleva. “They have a breakdown of every quarterback that starts when he first came and how they looked at the end of the season. So the part of development that they show, along with all the quarterbacks, that played a big part because we know it will be developed.”

Iamaleava will give the coaching staff an excellent option at quarterback after this season to replace Hooker. His commitment gives Tennessee the highest ranked quarterback the program has earned since ESPN began its rankings in 2006.