Welch goes back-to-back

Future Notre Dame tight end, Alex Welch made the trip to South Bend last weekend to watch his future teammates take on USC. The senior from Elder High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) was on an unofficial visit, but will make his official visit this weekend when the Irish take on Boston College.

Alex Welch (6-foot-5, 225-pounds) has been to Notre Dame a number of times, and watched his team from the stands, but there was a little more electricity in the air last weekend when Notre Dame played USC.

"It was a lot of fun," Welch responded when asked about the gameday atmosphere at Notre Dame. "It was a lot of fun going on ‘the walk' with the other recruits and the players. It was wild walking by all those fans and having them call out your name and yelling out ‘Elder football' and ‘go Panthers', so that was a lot of fun.

"Before the game coach Weis talked to us and then we went down onto the field. It was a little more exciting (than other games) because it was USC and everyone was a little more jacked up. I wasn't really sure going in, but I thought we had a shot to beat them. In the first half it looked like we could stick with them, and then they went up 34-14. But I kept saying to my brother, that I think we can come back and beat them. Then the last five minutes we got to go down on the field to watch the end of the game, which was pretty cool."

Despite not walking away with the win, Welch liked the fight in the Irish.

"I was impressed with Notre Dame overall," Welch explained. "USC is one of the best teams in the country and it came down to the last play of the game, and (Notre Dame) probably should have scored the touchdown then. If a couple different things would have happened Notre Dame's way instead of USC's way, we would have won. Overall I was impressed with the way they played."

Alex will get another chance to see his future teammates this weekend as he returns to Notre Dame for his official visit.

"I'm just looking forward to going up there again," Welch said. "I'm going to go up there Friday morning with my mom and dad. We will be there for the full weekend, so I'll get to go to the pep rally and different things.

"I think they'll come out and take care of business against Boston College after that finish (against USC). They're probably dying to get back out on the field."

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