Welch has High Interest In BC

Alex Welch is one of the top TE prospects in Ohio and is currently sitting on 13 offers. The list of suitors continues to grow as colleges go through their evaluation process. One school that stands out so far is Boston College.

One of the early offers for Boston College went out to tight end prospect Alex Welch of Cincinnati Elder. Since then many other schools have jumped into the mix, including the top academic schools in the country. Boston College, however, remains high on the list.

"I have a lot of interest in BC. I was going to go out there with my sister for a visit, but they did not have a spring practice that day. So we cancelled. But, I'm definitely going to make the trip there to see the campus and meet the coaches."

An Ohio prospect would naturally have a strong interest in perennial power Ohio State. So far, the Buckeyes have not been a major player for his services.

"Ohio State called my coach two weeks ago. They want me to come to spring practice. I went up to Ohio State when they played Michigan State when I was a sophomore. They stopped recruiting me for a while and now they just called again. So, we'll see with them."

As far as Boston College, the interest is strong and BC remains a major player.

"Coach Sirmans recruits my area and I talk to him on the phone all the time. He e-mails me and asks me to call him. I get something in the mail from them every day. They spend a lot of money on postage. I don't mind it. It is a good way to stay in touch."

This spring Alex will be busy sorting through his list of schools and making visits when possible.

"I don't think I'm going to bother with the combines. It is not really necessary for me. I have plenty of good schools interested in me and I have a lot of offers. If I'm going to take a weekend and go away I'd rather see a school than just run around with other guys."

This summer will be dedicated to narrowing down his options and visiting schools.

"If I nail my list down to two or three schools by summer, I'll probably do their one day camps. I'm not sure at this point, but it would be a good way to get a feel for the coaches. I don't have any plans just yet."

"I don't have a list of favorites at this point, but I plan to narrow it down to four or five by the summer and then just look at those schools. That will keep me busy all summer. I want to make my decision before my senior year."

Football will be important, but academics will be the major consideration. "Academics will be the top factor in my decision," Welch said. "I'm looking at either engineering or business, but I'm not sure. It is between those two."

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