Welch on Wisconsin's Radar

Hoping to be among the next wave of in-state scholarship offers, Iola Scandinavia junior inside linebacker Kristian Welch checked out Wisconsin's spring practice Sunday.

More Wisconsin offers have been sent to in-state than in past years and the UW coaches have continued to monitor several other players, like Iola Scandinavia junior inside linebacker Kristian Welch.

Recently picking up his first scholarship from North Dakota State, Welch has been busy networking on the recruiting circuit and travel to Madison Sunday to watch the Badgers practice and meet with special teams coordinator Chris Haering.

“It went great,” Welch told BadgerNation. “It was good to see some coaches and get on the field to see some up close action as well. I talked to Coach Haering and he told me to not worry about the offers that were given to in-state guys and just focus on myself and don’t get distracted from what I am trying to do. He was also very excited for me as an athlete. He talked about possibly coming out to my school to see me workout for track. We also discussed when I was coming to camp and the impression I am hoping to leave on the faces of the coaches.”

Despite not getting one of the handful of in-state offers recently extended, the 6-3, 215-pound Welch being put at ease that the Badgers are still very interested in his services was a big a relief heading into the summer.

“It lifted a little bit of pressure off,” Welch admitted. “It made me eager to see what the future holds. It also felt good to present myself to the program again to shake some hands and get face-to-face time with them.” “I am interested in Wisconsin. I obviously like the fact that it’s my state’s university. I feel that I can play at a high level and prove myself. I really enjoy the atmosphere, coaches and the closeness that the coaches have with their players.”

If the Badgers were to extend an offer out to Welch, what would it mean to him?

“It would really be a confidence booster,” said Welch. “It would put that chip on my shoulder to continue to push myself and show Wisconsin what I can do.”

In addition to camping at Wisconsin, Welch will be visiting Iowa next weekend for a spring practice.

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