San Antonio- Tony Springmann celebrated the New Year by participating in the U.S. Army National combine In San Antonio. At the event's registration, the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) product reported written offers from Indiana, Michigan State, and Purdue. He said Iowa and Northwestern have told him that offers are on the way.
However, he is hoping for more offers, and said his top five schools are Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State- in no particular order.
"I liked Miami when I was a little kid," Springmann said. "Jeremy Schocker, Ken Dorsey, all those guys on that team. Every time I watched them on TV they had fun playing football and that is what it is all about."
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Springmann's high school, Bishop Dwenger, has two former players currently on Notre Dame's roster, John Goodman and Tyler Eifert.
"Notre Dame is in my top five I would say. I haven't heard too much from them recently, but I know there is a lot going on in South Bend right now. I like Brian Kelly. He seems like a blue-collar coch. He gets hard working kids that love football and love to play."
Springmann has visited Michigan State twice.
"I went up there for the Montana State game, the season opener," Springmann said. "A few weeks ago I visited for a practice, they wanted to have me up there. I was not really expecting an offer, but after practice, Coach [Mark] Dantonio gave me the offer. It was pretty cool.
"Coach Dantonio is a really cool guy, very personable. He is a very good coach and he is serious about what he does. I like Michigan State a lot, the campus is like its own little city, which is pretty cool. The football facilities are brand new. It is a very nice place."
Springmann said he is drawn to the tradition at Michigan and Penn State.
"There is a lot of tradition at Michigan. The Big House. It is Michigan football. Penn State, same thing as Michigan, the tradition and I like everything that comes with the mystique of playing football at a school like that."
Springmann is still every open to other schools, and had good things to say about the Hawkeyes.
"Iowa said once they see my junior tape, which I am sending out now, they would most likely offer after that," Springmann said. "I don't know what I like about Iowa, I just like it. They just get after it on the football field. It seems like a place I would strongly consider going to."
At 6-foot-7 and 241 pounds, Springmann projects at offensive tackle or defensive end at the college level. This year, he will focus only on football, after playing basketball on the AAU circuit for Spiece Select. Springmann said he has basketball offers from IPFW and Indiana State.