Notre Dame landed its third Fort Wayne, Dwenger prospect over a four-season span with versatile lineman Tony Springmann.
Tony Springmann (DE – 6'6/260):
One of five Irish defensive end recruits and one of three capable of playing both sides of scrimmage during his collegiate career…Will battle Early Enrollees Brad Carrico
and Aaron Lynch
as well as Chase Hounshell
and Stephon Tuitt
for playing time when they join the squad in late June…Shows better feet than most credit him for on film and could be a solid lead blocker in the offense's zone-read schemes (similar to Zack Martin's role in 2010) but could grow into a massive defensive end as well with a 6'6" frame capable of carrying more bulk…Like many of his incoming classmates (and position-mates), Springmann will likely help the 2011 Irish on both sides of the ball upon arrival.
Kelly recruiting profile: Power
Returning defensive ends: Bruce Heggie, Ethan Johnson, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Kona Schwenke
Returning nose guards/hybrids: Sean Cwynar (NG/DE), Brandon Newman (NG/DE), Louis Nix (NG), Tyler Stockton (NG/DE), Hafis Williams (DE/NG)
Returning offensive linemen: Braxston Cave (C), Lane Clelland (T), Taylor Dever (T), Mike Golic (G/C), Christian Lombard (T), Zack Martin (T), Tate Nichols (T), Andrew Nuss (G/T), Trevor Robinson (G), Chris Watt (G/C)
Baumhower on Springmann: He's the third player Notre Dame has signed from Bishop Dwenger in four years – John Goodman and Tyler Eifert are the other two.
Berk on Springmann: First saw Tony as a Scout.com combine in Cincinnati and was sold he would become a top prospect. While many felt he would be a top offensive lineman, Irish coaches see enough potential in him to keep on defense. A player who can compete on either side of the ball and excel. I fully expect big things out of Tony.
Dream comes true for Springmann
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