November 17, 2011

Welsh racking up offers

Ohio is always a fertile recruiting ground for programs in search of quality offensive linemen and the 2013 class will be no exception. One of the top junior guards in the state is Springboro product Sean Welsh. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound prospect holds four verbal offers from MAC programs already, including one from Kent State.

"I learned about the offer (from Kent State) Monday night," explained Welsh. "Apparently it happened a few months ago. I was sending film out and one of the coaches responded to the e-mail and said that I had an offer. I don't know a lot about the school, that was the first time I've really talked to any of the coaches."

The Flashes joined Bowling Green, Ohio, and Toledo as programs that have already offered the talented guard. Welsh said he plans to learn more about Kent State now that he is aware of the offer and right now is just taking things slow and gathering as much information as possible.

"It's a week by week thing," Welsh said of the process. "My Dad and I are just in the process where we're going to a bunch of games and checking things out."

Welsh has one more unofficial visit planned for this weekend and says he may schedule another one before the college football season ends.

"I'm probably going to Ohio State this weekend," he explained. "There will probably be some other games that pop up but again it's a week by week thing and I don't really know what I'll be doing the next few weeks."

Recently, Welsh was at another Big Ten program on an unofficial visit and he came away impressed with what he saw.

"Last weekend I went to Northwestern against Rice," he said. "I thought it was pretty awesome, I really like Northwestern. The campus and school and coaches, they have great coaches that are all on the same wave length."

Welsh's junior season didn't go quite as expected from a team standpoint but individually he felt he did enough to set himself up for a big senior year.

"Team-wise we didn't do so great, we went 3-7," he explained. "We didn't make the playoffs obviously but we're going to turn it around next year. As an individual, I thought I had the junior season that I needed to have."

Welsh assessed what he thought he did well during the season and what he is still working to improve on.

"My pass-protection has been great, I can't remember the last time I gave up a sack," he said. "My pulls are really good and I'm really starting to improve on getting onto second level players and instead of throwing them at the end of the block, driving them into the ground. I'm trying to work on putting on weight and keeping the agility that I have. I'm eating a lot, lifting a lot, and working on cardio."

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