Dream Comes True for Springmann

Very few people get to live their dream by the age of 17, but Tony Springmann will experience one of his life's biggest moments today. The defensive end from Bishop Dwenger High School (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) will sign his letter of intent to play football at the University of Notre Dame.

Playing football in his backyard growing up, Tony Springmann would pretend that he was Notre Dame running back Juluis Jones. While his dream of playing running back likely won't happen, Springmann will officially accept his scholarship to play football at Notre Dame.

"I'm pumped," Springmann responded when asked about today's activities. "I'm more excited for signing day than I am about anything else. It's just cool, because I'm just going to be able to wrap this whole thing up.

"Me and Remound Wright are signing together so that will be cool. I think both of my parents will be there and I think both Remound and his parents will be there. A bunch of student will be there… all my friends, so it will be nice."

In previous years Springmann has been in the Bishop Dwenger library watching a couple friends and teammates go through the same signing day ceremony that he'll experience today.

"I saw when John (Goodman) signed when I was a freshman, then Tyler (Eifert) the next year," he recalled. "It's exciting to finally wrap up the whole recruiting process and start focusing on the future now.

"I'm not sure all the emotion has hit me yet. I think that will probably happen in the first game against South Florida when I'm standing in the tunnel. I think that's when everything is going to hit me."

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