Welsh could earn the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Scott Vallone who was another talented DL for the Friars. Coincidentally, Vallone ended up a Scarlet Knight.
One of the biggest reasons for the Friars success is Welsh's tenacity. The talented, 6'3 255lb, hard-working defensive end has a real passion for the game. SOR caught up with Robert in an attempt to gain some insight into who he is.
"The best part about the game is that it is basically a fight out there and you get to beat people up legally. I work really hard, play with intensity and try to make the tackle on every single play no matter where that takes me. I have been told I have a non-stop motor" said Robert Welsh.
SOR has seen Robert personally on two occasions; At the Chuck Mound Challenge as well as the Big Time Showcase. He was highly impressive in both instances. Welsh displays the ability to dominate 1-on-1's with the speed, agility and technicality that is hard to overcome.
In regards to his performance at the Big Time Showcase, he stated, "I think I did really well. It was an honor to compete against the best in the region and get to see what is out there. It was a lot of fun and good competition."
His superb play has earned him his first offer from Syracuse. "Syracuse is cool. I like them but I also want to take advantage of all of my opportunities. Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Temple have all been recruiting me pretty hard." said Robert.
The 1st Team All- Catholic League product has Rutgers interest. He mentioned, "I like RU a lot. Coach Schiano and coach Flood are great guys. Rutgers is an overall good place. The academics, athletics and atmosphere are top notch. Those 3 things are important to me. I will be attending the Rutgers Big Man Academy. It will be another opportunity for me to get to see what they are all about. I also plan to camp at Penn State, Boston College and Maryland." Proximity to home does not matter in his quest to find a collegiate destination.
Robert is also a very talented basketball player. He took this past season off in an attempt to concentrate on football and academics specifically where he carries an 83 GPA. SOR will keep a close eye on him.
Robert Welsh Loves the Game
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