Nico Iamaleava’s Volleyball Mixtape Goes Viral As Recruitment Heats Up


  • Five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava is likely headed to Tennessee or Oregon to play football.
  • However, if he wanted to play volleyball on the next level, he could. His mixtape is lit.
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Nico Iamaleava is a five-star quarterback recruit in the Class of 2023. The No. 3-ranked prospect in his class stands 6-foot-5, 195 pounds and is able to snap ankles with his feet in the same way that he can throw a deep ball down the sideline.

With just under a year to go in his recruitment, Iamaleava has offers from more than 25 schools, with Oregon, Tennessee, Georgia, Miami and UCLA being atop his list. The California native was recently in Knoxville to visit the Vols and liked what he saw.

On his visit, Iamaleava took an ice cold photo in a G-Wagon and has since been considered a UT lean. However, if he wanted to forgo his football career all together (which he doesn’t), he could very easily play D-1 volleyball.

In fact, he is so athletic that many scouts consider him to be the best volleyball player in the Class of 2023. His older brother plays for No. 1-ranked Long Beach State, his older sister plays for Cypress College, his younger brother is also a top-ranked volleyball recruit and his younger sister is as well.

Volleyball runs in Nico Iamaleava’s family.

Nico, who is set on football, recently transferred back home to play his senior season at Long Beach Poly after playing at Warren High School in Downey, California. It is unclear whether he will play volleyball for the Jackrabbits, but he did as an underclassmen.

Regardless of whether he chooses to suit up on the volleyball court during his senior year of high school or not, his tape is more than enough to warrant D-1 offers. He’s tall, lean and can jump out of the gym.

In addition, his arm speed and strength that helps him sling the pill also allows him to crush a volleyball when the set gets pushed out his way to the pins. He recently posted his mixtape from his time with Rockstar — a club in Southern California that typically competes for national championships year-in and year-out. It’s set to ‘Homage’ by Mild High Club and it’s so lit.

He’s so good. take a look:

Of the schools that have offered him for football, UCLA, BYU, Hawaii, USC and Ohio State could offer him the opportunity to be a quarterback and outside hitter. It won’t happen, but Iamaleava is good enough to do it if he wanted to. How cool would that be?

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