Jacob Welter Likes the Pac-10

Jacob Welter, the 6-5, 291-pound offensive line prospect from Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, is a guy that west coast programs are looking at closely. He tells us that, despite his father having attended a Big 12 school, he prefers the Pac-10...

Jacob Welter, the 6-foot-5, 291-pound, three-star offensive lineman from Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif., grew up following Nebraska because his dad, Tom Welter, played offensive tackle for the Huskers in the 1980s.

"I come from a Nebraska household," Welter said. "But my dad said he wants me to go where I feel is the right fit for me."

Welter says he attended the Huskers Junior Day last year. "I know they have one spot left at o-line," he said. "They said they're still evaluating me and we'll see where it goes."

Welter, ranked as the No. 26 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, favors Oregon, California, Arizona State, UCLA and Nebraska, but none have offered yet. His only offer thus far is from Ohio.

He just recently attended a junior day at Arizona State. "It was an amazing time," he said. "Everything there is brand new. It's a great place to live and the coaches are awesome. They school is fantastic and the program is heading in the right direction."

But what did the Sun Devils tell Welter about a possible offer? "They are taking three offensive lineman," he said. "So I like my chances."

In March Welter visited UCLA for a Bruins spring practice. "UCLA is in a good location," he said. "The campus is outstanding. The whole place is amazing.

"I've talked with (offensive line) coach Bob Palcic quite a few times and he's a good guy and good coach," he said. "They look like a real up coming team. They've got some big guys there.

"I'm hoping to get back to UCLA later this summer or for a game next year," he said.

Welter also visited Cal since the Bears are only 20 minutes from his house. "I was the o-line MVP at their camp last summer and have a great relationship with (offensive line) coach Steve Marshall," he said. "It's in my backyard and I love the fans too. It's a great place for football and I really like Berkeley. I love it there."

The only school in his top five that he hasn't visited yet is Oregon. "I can't wait to go there," he said. "I hear phenomenal things about them, especially their facilities. It's supposed to be the best in the country. I love all that Nike stuff.

"I've also heard Eugene is a nice place to live," he said.

Welter plans on attending several camps this summer including Arizona State, Arizona, Cal, Kansas and Washington.

He denies any timeframe for making a decision.

"I'm keeping it open and just hoping to pick up some more offers," he said. "I really want to go to a Pac-10 school and stay on the West Coast."

Welter says he can squat 500-pounds.

"I'm very aggressive and have quick feet," he said. "I'm a good blocker too and am fast off the ball. I'm a good pass protector.

"I want to get faster and stronger," he said. "And I want to get to the second and third level more often."

Welter plans to major in psychology and reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1670 SAT.


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