Volquest: Tennessee Volleyball and Kahlil McKenzie


The Volquest has a good chance of luring Tate Kasper. The Ohio State pass-catcher has visited Tennessee’s campus and his family is expected to enjoy the city. The offensive target will make an official visit to Volquest during early signing period. This is a great opportunity for the Volunteers as they are looking to counter the top-ranked pass-catcher from Ohio State. While Tennessee has a great chance of landing Kasper, it will need to find a way to complement its defense against his elite pass-catching skills.

Nico Iamaleava commits to Tennessee

Five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava has committed to Tennessee. The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder chose the Volunteers over Alabama, Georgia, Oregon and Miami. He is ranked No. 5 in the 2023 class by On3 Consensus, which incorporates all four recruiting services. He is the second-best quarterback prospect in California and the No. 3 quarterback nationally. If he signs with Tennessee, he will be the Vols’ third-highest-rated commit since 2000.

The news was welcomed by Spyre officials, who talked to nine quarterback prospects before the early signing period of 2022. Ultimately, seven committed to Tennessee, including Iamaleava. This is another sign of UT’s power of name. With a high level of competition for quarterbacks in the 2023 class, Iamaleava has shown that he is a better fit for the Volquest than UT had anticipated. In addition to Iamaleava’s commitment to Tennessee, another notable California prospect is Casey Clausen.

Aubrey Solomon cleared by NCAA for immediate eligibility

At the beginning of this season, it appeared that Aubrey Solomon would not play. This was due to questions about his immediate eligibility. He transferred from Michigan to Tennessee, and waited for the NCAA to clear him for play. The initial appeal was filed in the spring, but Tennessee requested more information and the NCAA delayed its ruling until this past July. While at Michigan, Solomon played in 18 games and had 24 tackles, including two TFLs. His total was more than the rest of the defensive line combined.

While Brock Hoffman was denied immediate eligibility, Aubrey Solomon has been cleared for immediate eligibility. The 5-star defensive lineman is likely to start the Volunteers’ season against Georgia State next weekend. While at Michigan, he was a five-star recruit and a high-profile transfer. His freshman season at Michigan was full of promise; he logged 16 tackles. His sophomore season he missed time with a knee injury and requested a transfer to Tennessee.

Tennessee volleyball recruiting class off to a good start

The Volquest are off to a great start in their volleyball recruiting class, with nine commitments to date and ranking No. 9 nationally. The Vols are vying for several elite recruits, including three-star offensive tackle Ayden Bussell. Bussell spoke with VolQuest earlier this week and said that Tennessee volleyball is on the verge of becoming one of the top programs in the country.

Among the recruits in this class is libero/defensive specialist Kiake Kearney, who has visited several Division I volleyball programs. The Nashville, Tennessee native has a brother who plays for Long Beach State. Tennessee is expected to see her contribute right away next season. The Lady Volunteers will also be looking to sign a hitter in the 2019 recruiting class, but have plenty of room to improve the program’s depth.

Kahlil McKenzie and Shy Tuttle in mix for early playing time

With the upcoming season looming, it’s time to start evaluating two high school prospects who should be able to compete for playing time. The incoming freshman from Tennessee, Kahlil McKenzie, measured 6-foot-3, 341 pounds at The Opening. His size, strength and length should help him dominate opposing offensive linemen. But McKenzie was declared ineligible for his senior season after suffering a knee injury last summer.

Final Words:

The former was a high-level recruit two years ago, but has already battled two serious knee injuries. Despite this, McKenzie is an A-plus specimen in terms of athleticism and coordination, but has yet to regain his explosiveness. Kahlil McKenzie and Shy Tuttle have been working hard and could find early playing time in Vols’ 4-3.

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