Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly put a successful end to spring practice on Saturday by landing verbal commitments from three recruiting prospects on Saturday, the fifth, sixth, and seventh verbal commitments for the Fighting Irish's class of 2011. Linebacker Jarrett Grace, offensive lineman Tony Springmann, and offensive lineman Conor Hanratty are the three who committed and here is a bit about each:
Jarrett Grace - Outside Linebacker - 6'4'', 230 Lbs. - Cincinnati (Colerain)
Grace is listed as a four star linebacker from Cincinnati and a self-proclaimed "Notre Dame guy". The Irish beat out others such as Cincinnati, Boston College, Michigan State, Northwestern, West Virginia, and Wisconsin who all offered Grace a scholarship. He ranks as the #10 outside linebacker in the 2011 class according to Scout.com. You can find out more about Jarrett Grace and see a short video of him making a stop right here.
Tony Springmann - Defensive End - 6'6'', 260 Lbs. - Fort Wayne, IN (Bishop Dwenger)
The Irish addressed the need at offensive tackle by getting a verabl commitment from Springmann, the 17th ranked offensive tackle in this years class, Springmann however says he is being recruited to play the 4-technique defensive tackle (or the defensive end in a 3-4 defense). Springmann chose Notre Dame over Stanford and Boston College who were listed as his other two finalists. Springmann joins John Goodman and Tyler Eifert as other products of Dwenger High School on Notre Dame's roster. A few Springmann highlights and an interview listed on youtube here...
Conor Hanratty - Offensive Tackle - 6'4'', 290 Lbs. - New Canaan, CT (New Canaan HS)
Early on in recruiting it appears Hanratty is the biggest of the three latest verbal commitments, choosing Notre Dame over the likes of Florida State, Penn State, Iowa, Cal, and Wisconsin amongst others. Hanratty is listed as a top 100 player according to The Sporting News watch-list for the 2011 recruiting class in college football. His father Terry was a two-time All-American quarterback for the Fighting Irish, helping lead them to the 1966 national championship. See his highlight video here...
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