Spalding spent his prep career at South County High, in Lorton, Virginia, where he caught 196 passes for 3,470 yards and 53 touchdowns. At the time, Spalding was a 3-star prospect; 247 Sports ranked the 6-foot-1 Spalding as a top 15 player in the state of Virginia. Spalding signed with West Virginia in Dec. 2017 and enrolled the following summer.
Plenty of other Power Five programs offered Spalding, too: NC State, Virginia, Michigan and Tennessee, among others. At the time, Virginia Tech also offered a scholarship — the same recruiting class that included Tre Turner.
After an injury, Spalding took a redshirt his freshman season in 2018; however, in May 2019, Spalding transferred to James Madison. Less than a month, though, before West Virginia and JMU were set to play against one another (somewhat ironically) in the 2019 opener, Spalding left the program.
Spalding claimed on Twitter that he needed to rehab a career-threatening hip injury. However, he’s back now. Last month, Virginia Tech added wide receiver Evan Fairs, too, a graduate transfer from Kansas.