May 8, 2009

Wayne County QB hopes for offer

Could Georgia be on the verge of offering another instate quarterback a scholarship? Wayne County's Parker Welch certainly hopes so.

At 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds, Welch has flown somewhat under the radar in recruiting circles, based on the fact that his high school team runs the Wing-T.

But after several successful showing at recent combines, including the recent NIKE Elite 11 in Athens, Welch is starting to open some eyes.

"I've talked to Coach (Mike) Bobo and he's invited me to come up when they have their senior camp," Welch said. "I'm pretty sure there will be some other top prospects there, so I'll have to be at my best and do as good, or better than the other ones who are there."

Welch said that Bulldog assistant Tony Ball is scheduled to drop by practice when Wayne County begins its spring drills May 18.

Although Welch does not have any offers to date, a number of schools are keeping close tabs.

Along with Georgia, Welch lists Florida, South Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Central Florida, Princeton and Boston College as some of the colleges who are starting to show interest.

Welch has his fingers that the Bulldogs will be the first to make an official offer.

"My guess would be Georgia," said Welch, when asked which school would be the first. "I hope I'm not speaking too soon, but from what I can tell, at least I hope that's the case. Connor Shaw (Flowery Branch) committed to South Carolina, so their interest has gone down a little. It's not like anybody's picking up the phone saying they want me really, really bad. But most of the interest I've received has come from Georgia."

Welch, who recently attended combines in Atlanta and Jacksonville, said he's one of those players who grew up dreaming of wearing the Red and Black.

'I love the school, I love the campus, I love the coaches, I love the program," Welch said. "I'd love to go there, but I'm also very open-minded. I just want an opportunity to go somewhere good, where I can get a good education and do good in life."

He also dispelled the notion that because he operates out of the Wing-T that his game isn't suited for a pro style.

"Even though we run the Wing-T we try to throw out of it as much as possible. I think I'm able to run any kind of route or pattern," Welch said. "I think I throw a very accurate ball, a tight spiral and I have a strong arm. I can make any throw on the field … deep routes from across the field, hit a target on a dime … I can do that. I'm good at reading defenses. We've got a great coach here who recognizes that. I think I'm a good leader. I'm always there for my teammates and always try to make sure they do what they're supposed to do."

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