South County WR Brock Spalding (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruitNoVA)
Brock Spalding is creating his own legacy at South County
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
It would be easy for Brock Spalding (2022 WR 5-9 155) to get lost in the shadows of both his brother. Dillon Spalding, Brock’s brother, is one of the most decorated athletes to play for the Stallions, and their father was also a high school football athlete.
As a returning starter on the Stallions team that won the Virginia 6A State Championships, Brock comes back as a heralded prospect. He earned a First team All-State selection and he’s now emerging as one of the most talented wide receivers in the area. In his sophomore campaign, he racked up 85 catches for 1405 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Brock looks up to his brother, who earned a scholarship to West Virginia University, before transferring to James Madison University last year.
While he looks up to his brother as a role model, and appreciates the work he had done to pave the way for him, Brock is trying his best to make his own legacy.
“I’ve always been told that I’m not as good as my brother and I want to beat those narratives and be better,” he said.
Brock combines incredible hand-eye coordination with speed and elusiveness to make highlight reel plays. He thinks his best attributes are his hands and ball-catching ability. Brock says that playing for a competitive South County team has been integral in getting his name out to college coaches.
“We played at the highest level of play in Virginia and we won (the title),” Brock explained.
As far as his recruiting process, he appreciates the fact that his hard work has been paying off, and getting the attention he thinks he has earned. He just wants to be noticed by scouts and to prove his doubters wrong.
When asked what he does to deal with the pressure that comes with not only being Dillon Spalding’s brother, but now Virginia 6A State Champions, he dismisses the notion that there is any pressure.
“If you think about how much pressure there is, then you tend to get out of your routine and make mistakes. So I just play football. On defense, there is a little bit of pressure because my main side of the ball is on offense but at the end of the day, it is the same game, so I just try to do my best.”.
He thinks that by approaching the game the same way, he will be able to generate the same results that has gotten him to this elevated status among college coaches.
The question that is asked to talented athletes, specifically football players, is how they motivate themselves to be better.
When asked this question, Brock just answered by saying that this isn’t his ultimate goal as far as his football career.
“The fact is, I’m not guaranteed to be in the pros. Until then, I just have to keep working harder to get better and better each and every day,” Spalding said.
The desire to not just get better, but to make it to professional status and be better than he already is, will separate good football players from great football players. At such a young age, Brock has already shown great potential, already garnishing scholarship offers from schools such as Liberty, Charlotte, East Carolina, and Old Dominion. That is just within the past 3 weeks. His ceiling is unlimited.
The goal stays the same for Brock Spalding: get better every day.
– Marc Goldstein