The Cleveland.com poll also ranked Gophers receiver Rashod Bateman and quarterback Tanner Morgan among the top-10 offensive players in the Big Ten conference.
Jerry Kill, who would have initially recruited Spielman to Minnesota in 2016, was part of recruiting Spielman to TCU, where Kill is now an assistant.
Tanner Morgan was one of 16 semifinalists for the award last season, when he set the single-season passing record of 3,253 yards and 30 touchdown passes.
The Gophers 2021 class now has 15 members, still ranking 15th in the nation and fifth in the Big Ten, per 247Sports.com.
But the Gophers' Nov. 7 opponent Purdue has the country's toughest slate.
The China Spring, Texas, native originally committed to the Gophers on April 22 but announced his decision to reopen his recruitment on social media.
The junior amassed 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and was the Big Ten Receiver of the Year.
The four-star recruit announced he will instead commit to Purdue.
The Gophers class now stands at 17 members, ranking in the top 10 in the country and top three in the Big Ten conference, per 247Sports.com.
Four-star Simeon High School (Ill.) junior offensive tackle Cameron James committed Sunday to Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck. James is 6-foot-8 and 280 pounds.
Mar'Keise Irving, a running back out of Illinois, is the 16th member of the Gophers 2021 class and the fifth four-star recruit.
Casey O'Brien captured national attention this past season, featured on ESPN College GameDay for his years-long battle with osteosarcoma.
The three-star prospect is the 15th member of the Gophers 2021 class, which ranks ninth in the nation and third in the Big Ten conference.
The conference initially canceled all sports events and practices through April 6 and then again through Monday during the coronavirus pandemic.
Albert Regis is the 14th member of the Gophers' 2021 class and chose the program despite offers from Baylor and TCU.
The New York Giants selected former Gophers cornerback Chris Williamson and linebacker Carter Coughlin in the seventh round of this past weekend's NFL Draft.
Several other Gophers players, passed over during the draft, could make their own deals with NFL teams in the next few days.
Don't be surprised if Antoine Winfield Jr. is one of the first names called when the NFL draft fires up at 6 p.m. for the second and third rounds. Gophers teammate Tyler Johnson's status is less certain.
Three-star recruit D'Marion Alexander is the 13th member of the 2021 class, which already ranks fifth in the nation and second in the Big Ten conference.
Sam Jackson originally committed to the Gophers n February 2019, the team's first 2021 commit. He decided a couple months later to reopen his recruiting.