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Hanratty, Springmann, and Grace join recruiting class

Apr 25, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

Lost amidst the news of the Blue-Gold game, head coach Brian Kelly received the pledge of three more recruits yesterday: Conor Hanratty, Tony Springmann, and Jarrett Grace.

Hanratty, an offensive lineman from Connecticut, is the son of former Irish quarterback Terry Hanratty. He had offers from Boston College, Iowa, Maryland, and Wisconsin, but the draw of the Irish was just too much.

“I kind of put Notre Dame on a pedestal and my main goal was to size everyone up to Notre Dame,” Hanratty told “Nothing against those other schools or coaches I met, but Notre Dame just pulled out ahead.”

Springmann is another lineman with ties to the Irish. A gigantic prospect, Springmann is a legitimate 6-foot-6, 260-pound lineman who is surprisingly light on
his feet. While he was mulling over offers from Stanford, Boston College, Wake Forest and Michigan State, the offer to play with former Bishop Dwenger stars John Goodman and Tyler Eifert and for his favorite team growing up was too good to turn down.

“Growing up a Notre Dame fan, always going to the games and seeing the whole thing, it was just a dream to play there,” Spring told Tony Krausz of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

Grace adds a much needed linebacker to the recruiting class, and has been a target of Kelly’s since his days with the Bearcats. A Cincinnati product, Grace profiles as either an inside or outside linebacker, at 6-foot-4, he’s big enough to play on the edge of needed. He had offers from Stanford, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt to name just a few, but committed to Kelly amongst a group of family members before the Blue-Gold Game.

“I’ve known them since they started recruiting me at Cincinnati and under coach Kelly Notre Dame is going to win a lot of games,” Grace said.

The three commitments make a total of seven for the 2011 signing class. 

  1. TLNDMA - Apr 25, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Smart kids, Hanratty ” I sized everyone else up to Notre Dame” and Grace “under coach Kelly Notre Dame is going to win alot of games”.
    I’ve got a feeling, ND is going to find many more “smart kids”.

  2. terry - Apr 26, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    memo to all you ND haters:
    I strongly advise you to start stocking provisions in your caves right now. You have 131 days left until after the Purdue game when you will have to crawl back in there and it might be a while until you can crawl out again, so make sure you’ve got plenty.
    But if you promise to be nice we will let you stay out of your caves until November 27 of this year. That’s the day of the USC game, that is the day when the Irish will be OFFICIALLY back. That will be nice to watch – all those stars and such on the USC sidelines watching as the Trojans get their comeuppance.
    Long overdue, I might add.

  3. E-Man - Apr 26, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Terry –
    Appreciate the enthuasism, but I think you’re overselling a bit.
    1) The haters will always be there. They were there in 1988, 1989, and 1993.
    2) I may not be from Missouri, but ND needs to “show me”. A team that on paper looked like it had a darkhorse shot at the NC last year finished 6-6 and didn’t go to a bowl game. They’re replacing three critical offensive linemen, their QB with a guy who has just barely more CFB snaps than I do, and their #1 receiver and play-maker option. A defense that was not able to generate turnovers with pressure is now expected to play “bend-but-don’t-break”. Yes, I need to be shown something before I’m ready to start circling dates on the calendar.
    3) USC is going to be good for a long time –at least three years. Maybe not NC caliber, maybe a notch down from where they’ve been, but they’ll be an 8-win machine for the next three years easy, potentially better if Kiffin can actually coach. Still if those USC-ites bother you, remind them that ND beat them some 13 times in a row in the 80s and 90s. Make sure to tell them to put that in their pipes and smoke that.

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