Tennessee and Virginia Tech will face off in Bristol Motor Speedway in September. The two schools are also chasing a top prospect and seem to be lapping the field.
The Vols and Hokies are the first two schools to offer a scholarship to Dillon Spalding, a 2018 receiver prospect from South County High School (Lorton, Va.). Spalding visited Tennessee for the Orange and White Game on Saturday.
“It was my first college I’ve been to and it was awesome,” the 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver said. “I really liked the atmosphere. The coaches were very nice. It was a great experience.”
Spalding said he was was impressed with the crowd for the spring practice finale. The attendance was announced at 67,027.
“There were a lot of people down there for a spring game,” Spalding said.
Spalding has two scholarship offers, from Tennessee and Virginia Tech. More are likely on their way.
“My coaches told me that Vanderbilt is coming in to offer me in person so I’m looking forward to that,” Spalding said. “That’s kind of big for me.”
The newfound attention has been somewhat surprising for Spalding.
“I never expected to have colleges contact me but now I’m all about it,” said Spalding, who is the No. 18 junior receiver in the nation and the No. 6 prospect in Virginia for the 2018 class.
As more colleges come calling, the Vols have an advantage. Tennessee has gotten off to a fast start.
“I love the atmosphere at Tennessee,” Spalding said. “I want to look for more atmosphere like that. That’s really something that stood out to me.”
Corey Masisak contributed to this report. All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.