July 19, 2011
Welsh made the camp circuit
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One of the top underclassmen performers this summer on the camp circuit has been Springboro (Ohio) offensive lineman Sean Welsh. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound rising junior was one of the most impressive linemen, regardless of class, at the Ohio State senior camp in June and interest is starting to pick up from schools around the nation.
"I've been to five camps," explained Welsh. "I went to Ohio U., Cincinnati, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Michigan State. I'd say Michigan State and Ohio State were my best camps."
Though none of the outstanding camp performances landed him an offer, his first offer probably isn't too far off as there is an extensive list of schools showing interest.
"I have letters from Cincinnati, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Indiana, Indiana State, Kent State, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Princeton, and Toledo."
Another school that is well aware of Welsh is Ohio State. Welsh says he grew up cheering for the Buckeyes.
"I really like Ohio State," he said. "It's every football player's dream that's grown up in Ohio (to play at Ohio State). My whole family likes Ohio State and I grew up watching games on TV. I've always been an Ohio State fan, my mom went there and other relatives have gone there."
Ohio State isn't a stranger to Springboro High School, just a few years ago the Buckeyes pulled highly regarded tight end Jake Ballard out of the program. While Welsh doesn't know Ballard personally, he certainly hears the stories.
"To be honest I've never met him but he's like a God around here," Welsh said. "People always talk about him but I haven't met him yet. He's involved (with the program), he does a lot of things. He spoke at our father/son thing we have for fundraising and he was really cool."
Two other Big Ten schools are also standing out to Welsh at the moment and he took the time to break down what he likes about each school.
Northwestern - "In terms of academics, I really like Northwestern the best. I like how they accommodate for the scholar-athlete. They understand that a lot of the people that go there, go there for the academics more than anything else. I really like the campus too, it's beautiful.
Michigan State - "I like the coaches at Michigan State. Coach (Harlon) Barnett, he's the secondary coach and he's from the Cincinnati area. He recruits this area and he's really nice, I like him."
Welsh has one more camp scheduled to Bowling Green before his full attention will turn to his junior season.
"One of the biggest things I'm trying to do is put on weight but stay in shape at the same time which can be a hard thing to do," he said. "I'm at 275 right now and I think my frame can handle (more weight) but I'd like to gain a lot more weight and still be able to keep my speed and agility."
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