"(Ferentz) said that I remind him of a guy they had named Marshal Yanda with the way that I play and I guess how my film looked," Welsh said.
Welsh researched Yanda and quickly realized the tremendous compliment given to him by Ferentz. The Hawkeye alum earned Pro Bowl honors last season as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
Ferentz kept the good news coming Welsh's way on Friday. The Iowa coach extended a scholarship offer to the Class of 2013 offensive lineman from Springboro (Ohio) High.
"(Ferentz) came by my school the week before and I got to meet him,'" the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Welsh said. "He came by after school to watch me work out. Then he and I kind of emailed back and forth.
"I wasn't expecting an offer from them. He actually sent me an email asking me if I'd be interested in camp. I thought I was going to be more of a camp guy."
"Cincinnati has probably talked to me the most," Welsh said. "They've probably recruited the hardest out of all the schools that have offered me."
Welsh camped at Northwestern last summer and has stayed on contact with the Wildcats coaches.
"The Miami (FL) O-line coach visited me recently," Welsh said. "Ohio State is coming through school in the coming weeks."
Welsh considers his recruitment to be wide open at this time.
"I have not narrowed my options down whatsoever," he said. "There really is no front runner. Iowa is definitely a huge game changer. I have yet to go out there and I definitely need to go visit at some point.
"But right now, I'm just having these coaches come in and see who is interested and they're gauging my interest. I don't really intend to go to that many camps if any at all. But that's all going to depend on these final few weeks of the evaluation period on who comes in and who wants me to come to camp."
Welsh said he would prefer to commit to a school this summer, but that timeline is flexible.
"If a new school comes into the picture or something and they're waiting to evaluate me more, I wouldn't have a problem going into my senior season uncommitted," he said.
Welsh said the strength of his game is a solid technique and athleticism.
"I'm also a lot quicker on my feet than a lot of guys," he said. "You see a lot of big guys recruited, 6-5 and 300. That's great. But it doesn't do much for you if you can't move. I can move. I have a 5.0, 40 and I can definitely move my feet."
Welsh has familiarized himself with Iowa.
"I grew up a Buckeye fan," he said. "I've seen (the Hawkeyes) play the Buckeyes. From what I've learned watching them is that they always have a great interior offensive line. They send a lot of guys to the NFL. They're definitely successful with their offensive line."