As we’ve said before, Virginia Tech is recruiting several bigger, taller wide receivers for the Class of 2018. One of those guys is in-state wideout Dillon Spalding.
Spalding is listed at 6-foot-2, 205-pounds and is a 4-star recruit, based on the 247Sports Composite. He’s a top-50 wide receiver in the 2018 class and is ranked as the seventh-best player in Virginia. Spalding has nine reported scholarship offers at this point, mostly from Power 5 programs on the East Coast. Tennessee, NC State and West Virginia are his most notable offers at this time.
Virginia Tech has been recruiting Spalding for a while now. He received a scholarship offer during his sophomore season and the coaching staff has been in contact since.
“It was a big deal to me, because they’re in-state,” Spalding said. “I’m really big on repping my state. That means a lot to me.”
It’s not hard to see why Virginia Tech has an eye on Spalding. He’s deceptively quick and shows the ability to beat defenders over the top. He has great hands and runs a decent variety of routes for a high school receiver. Spalding’s height, as well as his ability to get off the line, make him a great red zone threat. He’s also athletic enough to make an impact in the screen game and can make plays after the catch. Spalding said he caught 62 passes his junior season, racking up 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“I’m a big receiver, so I can go up and get it,” Spalding said. “Jump balls are my favorite. I can beat DBs. Being as big as I am, DBs usually underestimate me for being able to run fast. I’m one of the guys that can get out quick and go up for the ball. I can catch almost everything thrown to me.”
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Spalding said that Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster and Wide Receivers Coach Holmon Wiggins have been his lead recruiters, though Head Coach Justin Fuente has also kept in contact. Spalding plays for South County High School in Lorton, VA., where Jeremy Haynes is the defensive line coach. Haynes played at Virginia Tech under Foster from 2012-2015 as a walk-on, primarily contributing on special teams.
Spalding visited for last year’s spring game, and said even though he’s not used to the mountains, he loved his visit.
“When I got there, it was amazing,” Spalding said. “I love the stadium, I love the atmosphere.”
Spalding is of course considering other schools. Tennessee and West Virginia are two of Spalding’s better options right now, and he plans to visit Temple, North Carolina and Penn State this spring. Spalding also said he’s in the process of scheduling a visit to Virginia Tech.
After he’s able to visit some more schools, perhaps Spalding will have a better idea of his top schools. For now, he’s still figuring things out.
“I haven’t really narrowed anything down,” Spalding said. “I’m not sharing my top schools right now.”
Virginia Tech is after several bigger receivers in this cycle. Daniel George and Tre Turner figure to be near the top of the board, as does James Mitchell. It will be interesting to see how the Hokies fare in this cycle, given the abundance of offers at wide receiver and tight end.