June 22, 2012

Welsh finds perfect fit

After visiting Iowa City earlier this week, Sean Welsh went back to his home in Ohio and thought long and hard about making a commitment to the Hawkeyes. On Friday afternoon with the clock ticking on Iowa holding a spot for him in 2013, the 6-foot-3 and 275 pound guard made the call and gave his verbal pledge to the University of Iowa.

"It's been pretty crazy. I committed about ten minutes ago and my phone has been ringing off the hook. It feels great to be a Hawkeye," Welsh said Friday afternoon.

Welsh visited Iowa City this week and the Hawkeye coaches told him when he went back home to Springboro, OH that they were holding a spot for him and just him until Friday and then they would accept a commitment from any offensive line prospect who had an offer.

"Coach Ferentz told me that they were heading towards wrapping up their recruiting and I had until today to get my spot and after that it was open game on the offensive line. It might have pushed me along a little bit, but I knew Iowa was the place for me."

Welsh said he called the Iowa coaches this afternoon with the news and got his future position coach and primary recruiter, Brian Ferentz on the phone to share the news. The younger Ferentz quickly handed the phone over to Coach Kirk Ferentz so he could be the "first" to get the news.

"I called Brian Ferentz and told him that I was committing and he said he was going to pretend he didn't hear what I just said and handed the phone to Coach Kirk Ferentz and I told him I was committing. They were both thrilled with the news and I was happy to tell them," Welsh said.

After weighing offers from Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, West Virginia, Miami, FL, Louisville, Kentucky, and a host of other schools, Welsh said the Hawkeyes reputation in the Big Ten along with Brian Ferentz were what sealed the deal.

"Coach Brian Ferentz has been my guy from the beginning. I have a great relationship with him and that was a big selling point that he would be my position coach," Welsh said. "Once Iowa offered they went right to the top of my list of schools. I grew up watching Big Ten Football and I have seen what Iowa is all about, especially on the offensive line. After taking it all in, I knew it was the right decision."

Welsh is the 12th known verbal commitment for the Hawkeyes in the Class of 2013 and the second commitment of the day to the University of Iowa.

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