First Offer Comes from the SEC

It has been quite a few days for Groveland, Florida offensive tackle Donovan Welch. Welch recently picked up an offer from Mississippi State, his first. Since that time the 6-5, 277 pounder has worked hard to learn all he can about the Bulldogs and what his future might look like if he elected to call Starkville, Mississippi his college home.

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"I am really excited about the offer," said Welch. "It's my first one and I just can't explain what this means to me.

"I was at a power lifting meet and my coach told me that Mississippi State was offering me a scholarship.

"I haven't had the chance to talk to any of the coaches over there yet, but I have been reading a lot about Mississippi State on the internet."

Welch reports that his early findings about the Bulldogs have been extremely positive.

"I like everything I have seen about Mississippi State," said Welch. "They have a lot of majors that they offer.

"They have a lot of different things you can study and get your degree in.

"They have a good schedule too. I saw the teams they played last year and who they are going to play this year and that's exciting to me."

Welch has spent most of his high school days as a blind side protector at left tackle, but he reports that he can play any number of offensive line positions.

"I am not sure what Mississippi State wants me to play, but I can play tackle," said Welch. "I have played some at center too and I can long snap.

"I enjoy playing and I will play wherever they need me to play."

While Welch has not been able to visit the campus just yet, he has a man on the inside who has been able to provide some quality information.

"One of my friends, Marshall Nunn, runs track at Mississippi State," explained Welch. "He has told me about it over there and he says the he has really enjoyed going to school there.

"He told me that he thought I would like it too."

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Welch considers himself a bit of a county boy and plans to pursue a degree that will allow him to work outside.

The Florida product has taken campus visits to Florida, Miami and South Florida hopes to see all Mississippi State has to offer in the next few weeks.

"I am trying to get everything set up for my spring break," said Welch. "I want to be able to get out and see some schools, so that will be the best chance for me to get up there and see Mississippi State."

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