Welsh picked up his first FBS offer at the end of July and recently picked up his first BCS offer (fifth overall) from the in-state Cincinnati Bearcats, who sent Kerry Coombs to Welsh's high school to deliver the good news.
"He talked to my dad and I after a father-son banquet a few years back," said Welsh, describing how he first met Coach Coombs. "Recently, he came by my school to show that they have interest. At that point, I had no idea that they were going to offer me. Later that night, I saw an email telling me to call him. I called him, and that is when he extended the offer. He said 25 minutes after he had my film he sent it to the offensive line coach. So, within 24 hours of getting my film, they evaluated it and offered me."
Welsh took unofficial visits to more than seven schools this season, but decided not to make the short trip to Nippert Stadium to watch the Bearcats.
"I went to UC as a freshman and I had already checked things out down there, so we wanted to go places where I had not visited."
Although Welsh did not make a trip to Cincinnati during the regular season, he does plan on visiting the school to take in a bowl practice before the end of the year.
Having already taken a large number of visits, Welsh has begun the initial phases of narrowing down his list of colleges. While that list is not yet completed, there are a few schools that stand ahead of the pack right now.
"I favor some schools over others, but right now I'm just kind of in the phase of gauging schools in terms of what I want for a college experience. I'm gauging schools based on how competitive is their program, how big their program is, and how competitive a degree from there is. I'd say UC is up there because they are a good school and they are close to home, but I'd also say Northwestern is up there. I grew up a Buckeye fan, so I like Ohio State, even though their program isn't looking great right now. It's early and I need to be patient. Once I start visiting these schools and talking to the players and coaches, I will be able to narrow it down further."
Welsh hopes to have his decision out of the way before the start of his senior season.