Welsh Earns UCLA Offer

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola center Thomas Welsh earned an offer from UCLA on Monday, adding the Bruins to a growing list of schools interested in the seven-footer...

After blowing up on the camp circuit this spring, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola center Thomas Welsh has seen his recruitment take off to a certain extent, with increased interest from schools like California, Stanford, and Arizona.

On Monday, continuing on with that trend, the near-seven-footer received some big news.

"UCLA just offered me," Welsh said. "Coach Alford spoke to me to give me the offer. It's a big offer. It's cool. I'm not really worried too much about recruiting right now. I just want to keep improving myself as a basketball player."

Welsh has gotten steadily better over the past several months, rising to a four-star rating in the Scout.com rankings thanks to an improved body and skillset. He does a great job of keeping the ball high, and has developed a reliable jump shot from 10 to 12 feet.

The UCLA offer will not spark an immediate commitment from Welsh. The center says that he's not overly focused on recruiting at the moment, and will likely take more visits before he makes any kind of decision.

"I'm taking my time with this," Welsh said. "If I fall in love with a school, and it seems like it'll be the right fit for me, then I'll go ahead and make my decision early. But if I don't really know, and am not really sure what school I like the most, then I'll probably take my time and do the late signing period."

Welsh has no set plans for more visits, after taking in UCLA, California, and Stanford in recent weeks, but will likely take official visits before making a commitment.

"The biggest thing for me will be whether a school has a good combination of athletics and academics," Welsh said. "That, more than anything, is the most important thing for me in making my decision."

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