Irish Eyes Take Tony Springmann

Irish Eyes looks at the newest verbal pledge to Brian Kelly's Class of 2011. As told its members last weekend, Tony Springmann was on the edge of giving Brian Kelly his verbal pledge. We now look at why Springmann is a major pick up for the Irish.

One of the safest recruits Brian Kelly has gone after in the Class of 2011 has now given his verbal pledge to the Irish. What is Irish Eyes Take on Tony Springmann?

What To Like

Long frame with the ability to run makes Tony Springmann a dual prospect as an offensive or defensive lineman. While being recruited as a defensive end, Springmann also has the tools to move over to the offensive side of the ball if needed. Springmann has the ability to be a big-time offensive tackle and also a big-time defensive lineman as he's capable of coming off the edge with a long frame closing off edge passing lanes.

What May Concern You

The only thing that should concern you about Springmann is his health prior and when he gets to South Bend. The main issue will be if he starts off as a defensive lineman and doesn't stay. How long do you keep a talent like Springmann at a position if he's not a starter and could be a starter at another position. The one good thing about this problem is that Brian Kelly has always shown the ability to know when to move a guy around.

Bottom Line

When we look back in a few years this could be one of the biggest recruits signed by Brian Kelly. Super athletic with a great frame makes Springmann a player the Irish offered and pushed to get a quick pledge. This is the type of guy who will excel in the Irish strength program under Paul Longo. Top Stories