At the conclusion of the NFL Draft, the Chargers reportedly signed 10 free agents, including Spalding, who won’t have far to move after spending the past five years at San Diego State.
Spalding announced in December that he would not be returning to the Aztecs for one more season after the COVID-shortened campaign in 2020, and that he would be considering his NFL options instead.
A 2016 Mack High graduate, Spalding has spent the past five years at San Diego State, where he enjoyed an impressive career despite switching positions multiple times.
The former Panther played quarterback in high school, but was recruited by the Aztecs to play tight end, before switching to right tackle.
The 6-foot-7 Spalding made the move to left tackle before his junior year and impressed at the new position, being named to the Pro Football Focus College Team of the Week early last season.
He was also named to the Mountain West All-Conference Team in 2020.
Spalding follows in the recent footsteps of Eureka’s Jake Hanson, who was drafted out of Oregon by the Green Bay Packers last year and is expected to battle for a spot on their roster this summer after spending the 2020 season on the team’s practice squad.