Welsh Recaps Official Visit

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola center Thomas Welsh visited UCLA officially this past weekend and said he liked what he saw from the Bruins...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola center Thomas Welsh has seen his recruitment blow up over the past six months, with a variety of Pac-12 schools, including UCLA, throwing their hats in the ring for his services. This past weekend, the 2014 prospect took an official visit to Westwood and got an up close look at what the Bruins have to offer.

"It was a very good visit," Welsh said. "It was good to meet with some of the players and coaches and see some of the players I'd be playing with if I decided to go to school there."

Welsh went to the UCLA football game Saturday night against New Mexico State, and was accompanied by incoming freshmen Bryce Alford and Noah Allen, who were his hosts for the weekend. Welsh said he enjoyed the game, and the chance to talk with both of the freshmen.

The center also said he spent time on the trip watching film with Coach Alford from his teams at New Mexico, with Alford showing Welsh how he used and developed his big men during his time in Albuquerque.

"I've gotten to know Coach Alford better since UCLA started to recruit me," Welsh said. "We have a really good relationship. The highlight of the trip was just getting to spend time with the players and coaches and get a good feel for them."

Although he enjoyed the visit, Welsh said that it won't have much impact on the timeline of his decision. He still has plans to take an official visit to Colorado on October 5th, with a couple of other visits still in the planning stages.

"I'd like to be able to sign in the early signing period, if everything feels right," Welsh said. "I'd love to get everything done so I can focus on my high school season."

Welsh made tremendous strides in his game from a year ago to this summer, and he has plans to continue to work on his athleticism, citing his ability to get up and down the floor as one of the main areas where he'd like to improve.

The center is also being recruited heavily by California, which is one of the presumed frontrunners for his services. Welsh officially visited Berkeley earlier this month.

With a desperate need for post players in the class of 2014, Welsh has become one of the clear cut priorities for UCLA.

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