Jacob Welter had numerous ties to the Ohio football program and after spending an entire day on campus and with the coaching staff last week the Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista offensive guard was sure it is the right place for him.
The connections Welter, a 6-foot-5, 291-pound three-star recruit, has with Ohio are somewhat remarkable and made him instantly comfortable traveling so far to play college football.
Oregon, Cal, Illinois, Louisville, Washington and Arizona State were some of the programs showing interest but Welter was the happiest with Ohio and so he decided to commit.
"I met all the coaches there and they took me around and I spent time with them and I loved everything about Ohio and really fell in love with it," Welter said.
"It's a really interesting story. (Coach) Frank Solich signed my dad to go play at Nebraska. He actually came to his house and he signed him at his house and he was his coach there and Keven Lightner, the offensive line coach, was my dad's roommate at Nebraska."
Those extraordinary ties along with Welter, one of the top offensive linemen at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp, liking the campus and the football program were enough to seal his commitment.
"The ties I have with the coaches are just unbelievable," Welter said. "I felt a real connection when I was there and felt like I was part of the family. It was a great feeling to have.
"I feel like they're really going to take care of me when I go there and I feel really secure there with them. It's not going to feel like totally new. Ohio was that first school to offer me from the get-go and it was the perfect fit for me."