Springmann ready to get started

In May of 2009, Tony Springmann burst upon the recruiting scene with a top-level performance at the Scout.com Combine held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Now, two years later, Springmann is getting ready to start his college career at Notre Dame. We spoke with the future Irish defensive tackle about his journey and more.

Members of the Class of 2011 are putting the final touches on their high school days. For Tony Springmann things might not have been going as fast as he would have liked since signing his National Letter of Intent back in February.

"We finished up last week. Things kind of dragged on a little big for me with a lot of early morning stuff. But now it's on to the next chapter as I report a week from Sunday."

As for any nervousness, Tony says he's feeling a few things.

"I've got a little bit of everything going on inside right no w. But I'm looking forward to getting out there and just getting after it."

Since attending Notre Dame's spring game, Springmann knew it was time to get things started. Armed with Paul Longo's workout program, the Fort Wayne (IN) Bishop Dwenger product has seen results and is ready to get started.

"It was exciting to watch the spring game. I just wanted to be out there and play and got tired of watching it. As for the workout program, it's been going great as I've been getting faster, stronger and in great shape. It's been awesome as I've seen nothing but results, so I can't complain."

While some members of the class have talked about second guessing their decisions at some point in time during their recruitment, Tony stresses he knew what he wanted and it was all at Notre Dame.

"When you go and visit other schools you can see what they have to offer first hand. I knew what I wanted and it was Notre Dame."

But that did not mean there were not times of pressure or times of being blown away.

"To be honest I was actually a little overwhelmed by all the attention. But in talking with Tyler (Eifert) and Johnny (Goodman), I kind of knew what was to be expected.

"I was never a big fan of the spotlight or attention. I just like to be quiet, work hard and get the job done. It was kind of cool to have the attention, but I'm not really going to miss it.

"The spring game after I signed the attention was pretty wild as all these little kids know who you are and are wanting autographs. It was really kind of weird."

As for those in his class he's stayed in contact with since signing day, Tony looks to have built a few friendships.

"I've been staying in contact with Chase Hounshell, Nick Martin and Conor Hanratty. I'm very excited to get started and I'm excited to be around the guys and start the work to win a National Championship."

One thing Tony has learned is the span and strength of Notre Dame Nation.

"It just started to him me this year when I started to talk with various people. You know, just people you meet randomly all over the place. There are Notre Dame connections in almost every country and there is nothing else like it. I'm very excited about it."

As for his first few classes on campus, Tony is hoping to get a couple out of the way.

"My intended major is to be a US History major. So this summer I'm looking to get an English or writing class done and also a math class."

As for his family Tony says mom has already started prepping for his first season at Notre Dame.

"Their pumped and my mom is getting everything ready for the tailgates. She is planning it all out already, so the family is excited."

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