February 25, 2010

Spartans focused on Indiana OL

One of the top players on the recruiting board for Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff is offensive lineman Tony Springmann of Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-6, 265- pound prospect and got the latest on his recruitment.

Back in January, SpartanMag.com attended the U.S. Army All-American Combine down in San Antonio, Texas. One of the top players we observed in scouting offensive line drills was Springmann. His strong performance there has done nothing but help his recruiting stock and give him confidence.

It was a privilege to be invited. I got a chance to see the best players in the country and I felt confident. I wasn't the best but I held my own for this being my first year at offensive tackle."

Michigan State was one of the first teams to extend Springmann a scholarship and since then several schools have followed suit. In addition to the Spartans, Purdue, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan and Duke all have offered either in writing or verbally.

Springmann has a busy schedule the next few months and he will be checking out several schools.

I am going down to Duke for a Junior Day, he said. I also will be going to Notre Dame's Junior Day and I plan on going back up to Michigan State for a spring practice.

Springmann has been to Michigan State several times over the past 9 months. In addition to attending the Spartans first Junior Day back in January, he also camped at Michigan State last summer. We asked Springmann what are some of the things he likes about the Green and White?

I like the people at Michigan State," he said "I think the program is on an upswing under Coach Dantonio and I feel comfortable there."

Like many players Springmann is looking to make a decision prior to his senior season, but he doesn't have a problem if his recruitment stretches into next fall. Whether he makes his choice this summer or waits until later will likely depend on several factors.

"I will probably make my decision sometime in July, but if not then it will be after my season. The things I am looking for are the education and the weight of the diploma, all aspects of the football program and the people I will be deal with everyday."

One of the aspects that the Spartans like about Springmann is the fact that his upside potential is considerable. He is still relatively new to the offensive tackle position and his best playing days are ahead of him. Springmann has shinned at defensive end for Bishop Dwenger due to his overall athletic ability.

Spartanmag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Springmann over the coming months. Fort Wayne is an excellent area for quality football talent, and that fact that it is a straight 2 hour shot on I-69 makes it an area the Spartans need to recruit well.

Matt Dorsey's Take:

In the Big ten, a team is only as good as its lineman will let it be. A bevy of skill players won't do much good if the big guys can't get the job doe upfront. Mark Dantonio has drastically upgraded the talent in the trenches at Michigan State with the last two recruiting classes. A player like Springmann would only serve to keep that ball rolling in the right direction.

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