Alex Welch was one of the most highly recruited tight ends in the country. Notre Dame was lucky enough to receive a verbal commitment from him a couple weeks ago, and Welch is still pleased with his decision.
"Things have been going pretty good," the 6-foot-5 235-pound prospect responded when asked about days after his announcement. "I'm just really excited. It's a weird feeling, because I'm only a junior in high school and I already know where I'm going to college. It's weird, but it's exciting, and it's a lot of fun.
"Before they offered me, Kyle (Rudolph) told me to just be patient with Notre Dame. Then, I think it was five days later when they ended up offering me, so that was pretty cool. When I called him and told him about it, he was very excited. He wanted me to go there real bad.
"Before I committed we talked a lot about Notre Dame and what to expect," he said. "But since I committed we talk about what's going on with each other. He just wants to get me up there and he's excited about it.
Rudolph has also been working with his former and future teammate while he's been home the past several weeks.
"I went and worked out with him twice up at the high school, and I went and caught some balls with him," Welch said of Rudolph. "Just seeing him in the weight room, he's gotten enormous in one year. He was always pretty big, but he's filled out completely now.
"We've finished up with school and I'm think of going up with Kyle on Sunday and hanging out with the guys for a couple days. I have to get my wisdom teeth pulled on Friday, so I don't know how I'll feel after that.
Elder will begin seven-on-sevens in five weeks. In the past Elder has participated in the Herbstreit Classic, but this year the Panthers will play a nationally televised game on ESPN against Colerain High School, September 6.