Cretin QB Joe Springer Gets Early Interest

Joe Springer, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound quarterback from St. Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Hall, has led the Raiders to a 3–0 start this season. Springer attended the Minnesota-Temple football game Saturday and Golden Sports.Net caught up with Springer to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Joe Springer has completed 53 of 75 passes for 809 yards with twelve touchdowns. He completed 16 of 24 passes for 292 yards and three scores in their season opening 33–0 win over Hastings. He was 22 of 30 for 295 yards and five touchdowns in their 42-14 victory over Wayzata, who had beat them in the 2005 Prep Bowl. Springer continued his strong start by completing 15 of 21 passes for 282 yards and four scores in their 47-15 win against Roseville.

Springer continues a long line of outstanding quarterbacks at Cretin Derham Hall, following Heisman Award winner Chris Weinke (Florida State), Steve Walsh (Miami), Chris Walsh (Miami) and current Minnesota Twin catcher Joey Mauer (who signed with Florida State). Springer became a starter midway through his sophomore season.

Springer said that he is hearing from several strong academic schools in the East, such as Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth and Holy Cross. He is also hearing from several Division I schools.

"Vanderbilt wants me to come to a game, but it is hard to make a game unless it is close, since we practice on Saturday mornings. Kansas sends me letters and Minnesota contacts me once in a while."

Springer attended several camps this summer.

"I went to the Stanford camp. It was good to get a camp under my belt. I worked under head coach Walt Harris. I went to the Iowa Senior Elite Camp and the Purdue QB Camp. I learned a lot from Ed Zaunbrecher, their new co-offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. It was the most productive camp I attended. I attended a one-day camp at Harvard and threw at Holy Cross. I meet with the coaches at Brown and Dartmouth."

Springer is wide open on his school decision.

"Hopefully, some team wants a quarterback. I am keeping my option open. I like some of the school out East, but I can't name a favorite. I'm interested in any school that is interested in me."

Springer said that he is happy about the way the team is playing so far this season.

"We got things rolling. Offensively, we are playing well. People questioned our defense, but they have given one just one touchdown so far this season. Hopefully, we will get better each week "

Springer is also an excellent basketball player. Cretin Derham Hall finished 26-3 last season, losing to Woodbury 84-70 in the section finals. The Raiders return most of their team, which are also standouts on the football field. Their top scorer for the past two years is Broderick Binns, a highly-sought defensive end. Binns averaged 17.9 points per game and scored in double figures 26 of 29 games last season. Mike Floyd, a standout junior wide receiver, averaged 10.9 points per game as a sophomore. He scored more than 20 points three times last year. John Nance, a junior wide receiver/quarterback, averaged 10.5 points per game. Nance and Floyd played on the Minnesota Magic AAU 16-and-under team this summer.

Springer averaged 7.9 points per game last season and will serve as a team captain for the second straight year. Expectations are high for the Raiders basketball team.

"We played in the Concordia Summer League once a week and we try to get to the gym in the mornings to shoot. We have a lot of key players on the football team, but hopefully we can pick up where we left and keep our focus and hopefully keep playing well."

Springer is an excellent student.

"I've taken the ACT three times with a high score of 29. I'm planning on taking the SAT for the Ivy League schools and have a weighted-scale GPA of 4.25."

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