The big lineman prospect from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger camped across the Midwest as he gets ready for his junior season. Springmann spent time at camps run by Michigan State, Purdue, Northwestern and finally Ohio State, arriving in Columbus for last week's advanced camp run by Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes.
"It is a learning experience, but I also want to get a little more exposure before my junior year and then the summer before my senior season have even more," Springmann said of his trips.
At Ohio State, he was one of the hundreds of campers to spend time learning from the Buckeye coaching staff as well as numerous coaches from across the college football landscape. The camp was a pretty good mix of juniors and seniors and allowed Springmann, who was with the defensive end group, the chance to measure himself.
"There were a variety of athletes to kind of compare myself with," he said. "There were more seniors than there were juniors there so I kind of got a good look at where I should be next year, or I could possibly be better than that. That was one of the good parts. When we went through one-on-ones, I went against some pretty good linemen, and that was also good."
The groups of linemen worked out in Ohio Stadium because of the size of the camp, providing Springmann with a unique experience.
"It was kind of overwhelming playing in the Horseshoe because I've never been on a main field playing like that before," he said. "I was a little indecisive making my moves, but I had some very good moves and some average moves."
Springmann made 86 tackles and nine sacks last year as a sophomore for Bishop Dwenger, which has sent a number of prospects into Division I football over the past few seasons.
Also a basketball player, Springmann, who stands 6-7 and checks in around 235 pounds, showcased quickness and agility while at the Ohio State camp.
"That's what I sat is one of my stronger points," he said. "At this stage I'm working on it, but I won't be able to outmuscle anyone, so I use the athleticism to beat my opponent."
Springmann shares a hometown with recent OSU commit Roderick Smith and works out with the running back from Paul Harding High School.
"That was one of the things that convinced me (to work out at OSU), and one of my teammates at Bishop Dwenger, (running back) Remound Wright, was also at Ohio State and he went with me to the camp," he said. "And just the fact that you're going to Ohio State and they're interested is really what drew me."
When asked what he liked about Ohio State, Springmann said, "It's kind of like the USC of the Midwest, I would say. If you grew up in the Midwest, it's there, Penn State and Notre Dame are the places that you really think have the best football. I liked it a lot."
Springmann added that the camps at Michigan State and Purdue also stood out, but he says he has a slight favorite already thanks to some high school ties to one Midwest power. Tyler Eifert, a tight end in the 2009 class, and wideout John Goodman, who was part of the class of 2008, attend Notre Dame.
"I'm kind of taking it all in, but having Tyler Eifert and Johnny Goodman, knowing them personally and them going to Notre Dame kind of makes me lean toward there, I would say," he said. "But that's pretty much the only influence."
Springmann is a prospect whose reputation could continue to grow, and he knows the recruiting process is just getting started.
"I enjoy it and it's still new, but I was talking to Tyler earlier this year during springtime and he said to be ready for all of this because it will be coming for me soon," Springmann said.