Top 100 Welsh Picks SEC School

Stefan Welsh, a shooting guard out of Virginia, is heading south for his collegiate experience. The 6-foot-3 Hargrave Military wing made his choice Tuesday evening.

The Arkansas Razorbacks landed a Top 100 prospect Tuesday evening. Stefan Welsh, ranked No. 98 by Scout.com, told the Arkansas Razorbacks that he'll be a Hog.

``Me and Coach (Ronny) Thompson developed a strong relationship, and me and Coach (Stan) Heath did as well," Welsh said. ``I felt like it was the place for me and there's no need for me to wait any longer. I didn't need to see the campus, because I really like the staff and the program."

``I didn't want anyone to take my spot," he added. "Why not just go ahead and take it."

A native of state of Virginia, Welsh was pursued hard by the Razorbacks this summer. "The thing I learned about Stefan is that he's a relationship guy," Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts said.

"Coach Thompson and Coach Heath really did a good job with him this summer being at as many games as they could be and he felt comfortable with them."

Welsh, who attended powerhouse Woodside High in Newport News, transferred to Hargrave with his pal Vernon Macklin for their senior seasons. Two years ago, Darian Townes, attended Hargrave prior to enrolling at Arkansas so heading up to the Chatham prep school is old hat for the Razorbacks.

Welsh visited Xavier early and was being pursued by Virginia, Tennessee and Marquette. Welsh also considered Virginia, Providence and Rutgers.

``Arkansas is losing three guards this year, but that's not why I chose them," Welsh said. "They're an up and coming program and I feel like I can add a lot to their program."

"From the start to the end (Arkansas) showed that he was a priority for them and they never wavered," Keatts said. "That was big in his eyes – how much they really wanted him."

Welsh, a former football standout, is a scorer. He gets his offense off the drive and at 20 points a game as a junior, can be counted on to put the ball in the basket.

Expect the Razorbacks most recent commitment to make his way to Fayetteville this fall for a visit. "I think he's going to wait until he gets to Hargrave and just take an official visit once school starts," Keatts said.


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