The debate has begun as Alex Welch of Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder High School and Alex Smith of West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West battle for the rights to be called Ohio's top tight end.
As Smith found a home early in the recruiting process with Cincinnati, Welch has taken a slower pace and continues to pick up offers. But a recent visit with Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel has Welch really thinking about earning a Buckeyes offer.
"I visited Ohio State last Friday," Welch told Scout.com about his recent visit. "I had a chance to sit down and talk with Coach (Jim) Tressel for about 35 minutes or more when I was there and he's a really good guy."
While the Buckeyes head coach said all the right things, the one thing that didn't happen was Welch leaving with an offer.
"Right now it's a matter of how many tight ends they end up taking. Coach (John) Peterson said they felt I was the number one tight end in Ohio, but they've already offered a tight end and will know more about if I'll get an offer in a month or two."
While Welch would have loved to been offered he also knows sometimes things go at a different pace with the Buckeyes. Either way the Elder High School tight end was impressed with what he saw.
"I really enjoyed my visit there. Getting the chance to meet Coach Tressel and watching practice made the day even more special. The team was working on special teams when I was there and you can see why they have been so successful as they work on every part of the game."
As Welch walked away he felt things couldn't have gone any better.
"Everything at Ohio State is first class and you go away and want to see more."
While offers continue to come in for Welch, he knows one program he's waiting to see if they'll offer.
Buckeyes Have Interest In Welch
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