Defensive tackle Steven Welch is not looking to single himself out amongst his Copperas Cove teammates.
In what Welch, the son of Copperas Cove head coach Jack Welch, says is one of the better off-seasons he's been a part of, the team is working hard and not yet focused on recruiting. The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder says that he is hearing from a lot of schools though but isn't going to reveal much about offers just yet.
"Well, I'll just say I've had a lot of options right now," Welch said. "To be honest, I'm not sure what information (about offers) I'm allowed to give out. I just know that I have had one. I know next week with spring practice starting, several schools are going to come check us out."
Some of the schools that the 2008 prospect says who have shown him attention include Kansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Baylor. Regardless, he says he's not going to be taking any visits any time soon.
Right now, Welch is looking to just to work hard with his teammates.
"The only thing I'm doing right now is looking at my letters and filling out the paperwork that they send me," Welch said. "Most of the coaches are dropping by the school to watch my film and all that. I'd love to be able to keep options available for the end of the football season.
"I'm just going to take it slowly."
Welch says that having his father as the head coach certainly helps him be the best football player he can be, but he says that it doesn't change their relationship at home either.
"My dad does a real good job keeping his job away from being dad," Welch said. "Whenever we get on the field, it's all about work. Let's just say that I'm pushed just like everyone else. If it's grades or something I'm having trouble with, my position coach will handle that."
Welch started as a sophomore for Cove. He picked up honors that included an honorable mention all-district selection and as a junior was an all-state selection. The defender says though those were nice, it's the team awards that meant most to him.
"Well, I had the team defensive lineman award that our guys are voting on, so that meant the most to me," he said.