Fort Wayne (Ind.) powerhouse Bishop Dwenger High School has another prospect heavily on the major FBS radar, 2011 defensive end prospect Tony Springmann.
The 6-foot-7 prospect follows in the footsteps of current Notre Dame players John Goodman (Class of 2008) and Tyler Eifert (Class of 2009), and Indiana Hoosier Mick Mentzer (Class of 2008), each Bishop Dwenger alums.
Springman's recruitment is off to an early start. He picked up offers from Purdue and Indiana on September 1st, the first day college coaches can offer juniors in writing.
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"I attended a one day camp at Purdue," Springmann said. "I performed well. I am planning on visiting there in a couple of weeks. They invited me to any game. That one fits into my schedule best."
Springmann said the Indiana offer came as a surprise, stating that he had yet to talk to their staff personally.
Several other schools are pursuing Springmann.
"Last week I visited Michigan State. Notre Dame has been there, Stanford is in there a little bit. UCLA sends letters just about every day, and Northwestern is in contact. I hear from Ohio State about once a week."
Springmann said he doesn't have any favorites set in stone, but a few schools are sticking out.
"Notre Dame, as of right now, they would be in my top three," Springmann said. "I don't have any order yet. I like Stanford a lot, as well as Purdue. As of now, nothing is set in stone."
Springmann says he keeps in touch with Eifert, a true freshman at Notre Dame.
"I have been texting with him every week and talking to him about what is going on there. He says it is a great experience. He told me that as soon as Notre Dame started recruiting him, he wanted to commit."
At 6-foot-7, there is a chance that Springmann will play on offense at the next level.
"My coaches tell me that most schools are talking defensive end right now. Purdue wants me as a defensive end, as well as Northwestern. But schools like Notre Dame say they might try to bulk me up and put me at tackle."
Springmann carries a 3.8 G.P.A. He says his favorite subject is History, and golf is a hobby away from football.
"First and foremost, I am looking for a good education," Springmann said. "I will also look at how well I fit in with the students and the current football players. Then I am looking at the caliber of the team."