There were rumors that Alex Welch (6-foot-5, 225-pounds) would commit to Notre Dame on Thursday when he and his family made a trip to South Bend. Instead Welch wanted take a step back and think about his future. On Sunday night everything became clear to him. Tonight, Welch announced his plans to attend Notre Dame, making him the fourth commitment for the 2010 Irish recruiting class.
"I went to Notre Dame on Thursday and Ohio State on Friday," Welch explained. "After my visit to Notre Dame, I just felt that it was going to be the right place for me. Ohio State did offer me the [Wednesday] night, so I wanted to go down there and talk to coach Tressel one more time and go on a visit to make 100 percent sure. Ohio State is an unbelievable place and has one of the best programs in the country, but I just feel like Notre Dame is the right fit for me. I believe Notre Dame is where I belong for the next four or five years.
"My parents liked Notre Dame a lot, but they wanted me to make my own decision. This is where I'm going to go to college, so my parents would support me either way. They were all pretty happy last night when I made my decision.
"There's a tradition at Elder and it's a Catholic high school," Welch said. "I just think Notre Dame is the next step up after being from Elder. I've dreamt of doing this my entire life and with my uncle playing at Notre Dame, it just helped. Kyle (Rudolph) going there helped out a lot as well. I'm not sure I would have made the decision already if it hadn't been for him. We talk all the time, almost every day since I got the offer.
"(Notre Dame fans) should expect a good worker who is going to work in the classroom and on the field. Hopefully I'll become successful and become a starter and an impact player. The tight end position is very important in coach Weis' offense. It isn't just blocking, but it's also receiving, you have to do both. They do run two and three tight end sets, so that's a big plus in terms of playing early. Once I get to college, I'll be playing with the best of the best."