Two Conference Race?

Holding 12 offers from coast to coast, Cincinnati tight end Alex Welch continues to see his stock rise. With offers from three ACC schools and five Big Ten schools, including Wisconsin, Welch's recruiting looks to be a two-conference race.

Junior tight end and Ohio native Alex Welch is coming off a successful season and now preparing himself to play at the next level. This previous season, Welch and his teammates made it all the way to the state championship but just fell short. Welch was positive about the season though when his team finished with only two losses. One of those two losses was to the winner of the state championship game.

His statistics from this previous season show promise as a possible stand out tight end. Welch finished the season with 32 catches for four touchdowns and a total of 400 yards.

Now that the off season has arrived, Welch is doing the necessary workouts needed so that he can not only do better in his final season but be able to excel at the college level.

"Physically I'm lifting at least four times a week," said Welch. "Mentally I know that I have to be eating right and keep working hard at making myself a better football player."

Several schools from the Big Ten and the ACC have been recruiting Welch heavily. Welch still has planned visits to North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Michigan and Boston College. Welch does have his favorites, as of right now, being Wisconsin, Michigan, NC State and Boston College. They all bring certain qualities that he likes.

"I like Wisconsin because of how they utilize the tight end position and run a lot of two tight end sets," said Welch.

Welch's other favorites include Michigan and NC State. The Wolverines have not yet made a formal offer to Welch but Welch did get to visit and liked the experience. NC State will be one of his visits in the near future.

Even though the Big Ten and ACC are the two conferences who are looking at him the most Welch doesn't care where he ends up as long as he is able to play football at the Division 1 level.

Welch feels that any team that can land him will be happy with how he can contribute both off and on the field.

"On the field I can bring leadership and physicality and off the field I will be able to maintain good grades and be a confident positive asset for the program." said Welch.

In specific terms with Wisconsin, Welch had a great visit to Camp Randall and was really impressed with the experience and how the coaches treated him. This summer, Welch would like to narrow down his choices to four or five schools and then tentative plans for a commitment before the start of his senior season.

Welch although isn't definite on that timeline. Right now, Welch is focusing on becoming a stronger force for his school and becoming a better tight end for the present and for the future.

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