Springmann: "No Looking Back"

As a number of top prospects around the country start to narrow their list of colleges, Tony Springmann has all that behind him. Springmann, from Bishop Dwenger (Fort Wayne, Ind.) committed to Notre Dame at the Blue-Gold game and he hasn't looked back.

When Notre Dame initially started recruiting Tony Springmann (6-foot-7, 270-pounds), the Irish wanted him for the offensive side of the ball. Then after visiting for the March 20 junior day, there seemed to be a little uncertainly on where he'd eventually play.

"It seemed like that happened at the junior day," Springmann recalled. "I was with the offensive line guys, but when we were getting the tour of the locker room, coach Elston, the defensive line coach, came up to talk to me. I wasn't expecting that at all, but that's kind of when I got the hint that they wanted me to play defensive end.

"I had been recruited as an offensive lineman and I was starting to develop a relationship coach Warinner, but after watching my tape, I guess they liked me playing defensive end in their ‘3-4'. It came as a surprise to me, but it's kind of a good thing too, because they just got commitments from a lot of good offensive tackles, so there's a little bit of pressure taken off there.

"Defensive end is a little more natural to me since I've played it all my life, but I think I did pretty well at offensive tackle this year, being my first year playing the position. I'm actually still a little uncertain about where they're going to put me, so it really could be offense or defense."

That flexibility is a trait that Brian Kelly and his staff have focused on throughout their coaching careers. It's also why Springmann is vital this the 2011 recruiting class.

Since bulking up to 270-pounds, the days of competing on Dwenger's 7-on-7 teams are far behind Tony.

"I'm definitely going to stay in shape and workout and get ready for my season," Tony explained. "I'm working on my lineman drills so I can be ready to play the offensive and defensive line next year.

"I'm also planning on coming up and checking some things out, once all the players get up there and start running through some practices and drills. Hopefully I'll be up there once or twice this summer. I thought about going to the camp, but I really didn't see a point to do that. I may come up and hang out and watch it though."

Springmann is a prospect that Irish fans won't need to worry about when it comes to second-guessing his decision to commit to Notre Dame. Other schools may still be staying in touch with him, but he's as solid as them come.

"There's still a few schools, but no new schools have contacted me," he said "It's just the schools that have been with me the whole time. The send letters, but I don't bother opening them anymore. I've made up my mind on where I'm going… no looking back!"

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