Another Bishop Dwenger prospect

Bishop Dwenger High School (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has developed a pipeline to Notre Dame over the last couple years, and the Saints look to have another elite prospect in junior offensive tackle/defensive end Tony Springmann.

Notre Dame signed two players from Bishop Dwenger in the past two recruiting classes and the Irish have shown early interest in junior lineman Tony Springmann (6-foot-6, 224-pounds). Although he's seen the contact with Notre Dame taper off in recent weeks, Tony is trying to take everything in stride.

"I'm not really sure," Springmann responded when asked how much interest Notre Dame had had in him. "Talking to Tyler (Eifert) and John (Goodman) they said to be patient. They have a lot of people that they're trying to target and recruit, so I'm going to hold to that advice.

"As of lately I haven't seen a whole lot from them. I just got a letter, but other than that I hadn't gotten anything from them in a month. I visited for the Michigan State game and I believe that I'll be back for the Navy game."

Springmann has been attending Notre Dame games since he was young, and although he'd love to see the Irish toss a scholarship offer his way, he's going to try to keep an open mind throughout the recruiting process.

"I'm still kind of looking all over the place," Springmann explained. "I haven't narrowed it down too much yet. Indiana and Purdue both offered me on September 1 this year. Iowa's interest has been real heavy; Northwestern, and lot of Big 10 schools. Miami generally sends me stuff just about every day. I really like Florida, Georgia, and Michigan State too.

"I'd love to go down (to the Southeast) to just check things out. Right now location is really isn't that high on my list."

Springmann has starred at defensive end for the past couple seasons, but this year he is also playing offensive tackle for the Saints. With his size, he could end up at either position at the next level.

"It really depends on what school," Springmann responded when asked which position he was being recruited to play. "My coaches and the people I work out with in the offseason are saying, if I keep my footwork and keep everything going, that I can be really good at offensive tackle. I just need more weight and more mass.

"This is my first year on offense and the more I play offensive the more I like it. Wherever they need me to play, I'll play. I played (offensive line) when I was younger, but this is the first year of playing offensive line on varsity."

"IU and Purdue both offered me to play defensive end," he said. "Northwestern is looking at defensive end. It really depends on the school. I have no idea about Notre Dame. They have my sophomore highlight tape and I only played defense last year.


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