Lipscomb Academy Linebacker (Tennis) 2024 Edwin Spillman is quickly becoming one of the coveted at his position in the class and his offseason has focused on improving his game.
“The offseason has been great,” Spillman told ISD. “I really did the same things as training for football.”
The 6-foot-2, 221-pound has done the camp circuit, including Ray Lewis Camp in Geneva, Ohio). The camp has only 70 prospects led by the NFL Hall of Famer.
“It was a really cool experience meeting Ray Lewis because he’s one of my idols and one of the greatest linebackers to play,” Spillman explained. “Learning from him and seeing how he saw the game was really cool. I’m grateful to have been able to witness and experience it.”
The camp was a unique experience as it included two days of instruction which involved work on and off the field. It was the Elite 11 for defensive players, which Spillman really liked.
“We were there for two days,” Spillman said. “We had different classes and notebooks to take notes on, so it was a really cool camp. It was one of the most different camps I’ve ever attended.
“I definitely learned a lot more compared to all the other camps I attended in terms of football and life without football. We learned how to function as a normal human being and stuff like that too.”
Notre Dame offered the Tennessee native in March and the Irish staff plan to dial him in with Spillman in the coming weeks.
“They sent me a few invites to camp and to visit,” Spillman said. “Notre Dame is definitely one of the schools I’m interested in.”
Spillman could return to South Bend this summer as he begins planning his June schedule with his family. A stop will likely be in Knoxville as Spillman’s older brother, Nate, is a 2023 Tennessee clerk receiver.
I’m going to plan my camp schedule with my parents later this week,” Spillman said. “Schools that are recruiting pretty hard right now are Tennesee, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson.”
Position-wise, Spillman projects himself as a will to the next level as teams covet his athleticism and ability to run.
“Will’s linebacker position is where most programs see me,” Spillman said. “I’m able to cover and be on the edge to rush.”
It’s early days, but Spillman has seen some of the best programs in the country and already knows what he wants in a future school.
“I’m looking for a school that I can come to and have an impact in the first year and gain playing time,” Spillman said. “I want to go to a place where it will help me become a better football player and human being. I want to find a place to use it to my advantage to learn and build my education too.”
Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Troy, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest
247: 90 (four stars)
Rivals: 5.9 (four stars)
Compound: 95.06 (four stars)
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