RECRUITING: Welter Sold on LSU
LSU commitment D.J. Welter rock solid on his pledge to Miles and the Tigers
by Daniel Mingea III
Tiger Rag Recruiting Analyst
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In recent times there have been many highly-touted prospects who after committing early to one program, decided to take their services elsewhere when it came time to sign their names in February.
Notre Dame High School (La.) product D.J Welter offered his verbal pledge to coach Les Miles and the Tigers in early March and since that time has picked up another offer.
However, Welter claimed the new offer did not alter his commitment one bit.
“Alabama offered me,” Welter stated. “It felt good that another team offered me, but I’m going to LSU no matter what. LSU is the place I’ve always wanted to go to and that’s what I still want to do.”
To prove the Tigers are equally as committed to Welter, the LSU staff has been showing the All-State linebacker a significant amount of attention.
“Coach [Brick] Haley and I have been talking a lot,” Welter informed. “He came out in the middle of spring and he visited my school again today (Thursday).
“I went to the LSU spring game last month to see what kind of stuff they’ve been doing,” Welter added. “They looked like they came out ready to play. I was watching the different formations the defense was doing on different downs and some of the different schemes they were using.”
After watching his future team in spring action, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound head-hunter began preparing for his own spring practices. Although Welter finished last season with a whopping 128 tackles, he claimed there were still a few things within his game he needed to improve on.
“We just finished up with spring and I think I made some advances and I feel like I got back into the swing of things,” Welter explained. “I was trying to work on my pass drops so that way I’ll be better at covering the pass. I was trying to diagnose what the receivers were trying to do so that way I’d have an idea of they’re going to do before they do it.”
Now that spring is finished and his junior year of school is almost complete, Welter claimed his summer schedule is already lined up.
“Friday is our last full day of school,” Welter concluded. “Then next week we have exams until Wednesday and then that’s it. We’ll have our summer workouts for football with some 7-on-7’s and then I’m going to go to the LSU summer camp. I’d like to participate in the camp, but I’m going to have to ask coach Haley first.”