Standing 6-5 and weighing 275, Caleb Welchans has a nice combination of size, athleticism and intelligence both on and off the field that a lot of major college programs covet. The 4 year letter winner at Lafayette High in Ballwin, MO has so far helped lead his Lancers into the Missouri State playoffs.
"My season is going well," Caleb said. "Personally, I feel I am having a great season on the offensive line with lots of pancakes and no sacks allowed. I'm also starting on defense now and in the first three games I had 3 sacks and multiple tackles for loss. My team has one of the hardest schedules in Missouri; we have played the #2, #4, #5, and #10 teams in the St. Louis metro area. And the #4 team in the state. The game against the #10 team (Desmet) we were winning, but it was eventually cancelled due to poor weather and a city ordinance. Also, we were beating the #4 team until the last quarter."
Caleb is getting plenty of attention because of his success on the field and off of it as well – where he carries a 3.861 GPA.
Caleb's father Greg confirms his son's interest coming from schools with high academic reputations.
"He currently has serious interest from Stanford and Vanderbilt and the Ivy League schools as he carries a great GPA," Greg said. "He receives regular phone calls now from Vanderbilt, Stanford, Army, Ball State and Southern Illinois and several of the Ivy League schools - Harvard, Penn, Dartmouth and Columbia."
So what does he think about Ball State?
"Yes, I am very interested in Ball State," Caleb said. "I came up to Ball State over the summer to meet with Coach (John) Powers and I also came up for the Homecoming game. My experience so far has been great. Coach Powers has been very direct and honest with where I stand. I also met Coach Hoke while I was there and he was great to talk to. The campus is beautiful and the stadium is really first class. I saw it before the renovations and it has improved quite a lot."
Greg Welchans believes his son has the skills required to excel at the Division 1 level.
"Once he has landed somewhere and has had a chance to develop physically he will be a dominant D1 offensive lineman. There is no doubt in my mind," he said. "I have played and coached at that level and understand what it takes to be successful and he has all the ingredients - long arms, leverages his body well, good balance and quick feet (for a size 17 shoe)."
So what is Caleb looking for in a college?
"I would really like to go to a decently sized school, where attendance at games is good," he said. "But really, I would like to go somewhere where the emphasis is on education first and always competing for a winning season next."
And a top 5?
"Right now my top 5 schools are Ball State, Vanderbilt, Stanford, West Point and Southern Illinois," Caleb confessed.