The momentum on the recruiting trail continues for Tennessee football. The same week the Vols land five-star wideout Mike Matthews, they land an in-state four-star prospect as well.
Four-star linebacker Edwin Spillman, brother of current Tennessee wide receiver Nate Spillman, has committed to Tennessee. He chose the Vols over Ohio State.
The 6-foot-2, 214-pound linebacker ranks as the No. 8 prospect in Tennessee, and the No. 337 prospect nationally by 247Sports Composite. He also ranks as the No. 28 linebacker in the 2024 class.
Spillman, out of Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, is teammates with current Vol commit Kaleb Beasley. He joins Tennessee’s 2024 class which currently ranks as the No. 11 class in the nation. Josh Heupel and his staff are chasing the top 10 for the 2024 cycle.
Spillman took official visits to Florida State, Tennessee and Ohio State. The Buckeyes and Vols pulled away as the main contenders for Spillman following his visits.
In 2022, Spillman recorded 101 tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss. He also picked up two sacks and six pass breakups.
The Buckeyes caught his attention after extending an offer to him in June of 2021. Tennessee extended Spillman his first FBS offer in April of 2021. Since then, it the Vols have been one of the top contenders. Spillman holds over 30 scholarship offers.
The linebacker took his official visit to Tennessee on the weekend of June 16. He has been to Knoxville four times in 2023.
The mid-state native is a part of Heupel’s initiative to lock down Tennessee in recruiting. Next on the list of in-state commitment announcements is four-star wide receiver Amari Jefferson. Out of Baylor School in Chattanooga, Jefferson has been a priority for Tennessee. However, Jefferson hold Alabama and Georgia in his top schools as well.
Spillman joins a 2024 class for the Vols is currently comprised of five-star wide receiver Mike Matthews, four-star quarterback Jake Merklinger, four-star athlete Johnathan Echols, four-star cornerback Kaleb Beasley, four-star Peyton Lewis, four-star offensive lineman Max Anderson, four-star offensive lineman William Satterwhite four-star athlete Boo Carter, four-star defensive lineman Kellen Lindstrom, four-star linebacker Jordan Burns four-star athlete Marcus Goree Jr. and three-star defensive linemen Carson Gentle and Jeremais Heard along with three-star offensive linemen Gage Ginther and Jessee Perry and three-star safety Edress Farooq.