Keeping tabs on the Tigers

D.J. Welter

Notre Dame linebacker D.J. Welter is no stranger to the LSU program, making frequent trips from Crowley to Baton Rouge for Tiger football games. This past Saturday, Welter and his family made the trek to Baton Rouge once more as they saw the Tigers play host to the Crimson Tide.

"It was an awesome game," Welter said. "I have been to every home game this season except for North Texas, and I can say that it was hands down the best on the year so far. This had all the things you would expect out of a big game. Even though LSU didn't win, the stadium and atmosphere was everything you could ask for.


"We came in Saturday morning and got onto campus by about nine," Welter added. "My family and I went over to my uncle's RV and had a big tailgate. After that we watched the players walk down the hill, and then I just went and hung out with other recruits in the Lawton Room."

As for contact with fellow recruits, it was a 2009 prospect that caught the Notre Dame linebacker's eye.


"I got to meet Russell Shepard," Welter said. "He is a really cool kid. I had heard a lot of things about him, but meeting him in person was pretty cool. He is a very down to earth guy. I met a bunch of guys, but he really stood out.”


Welter also spent some time talking with the coaches then he got a good look at the pre-game festivities.


"I got a chance to talk to the coaches as well," Welter added. "Coach [Josh] Henson and I talked for a little bit about things, but nothing too important. We just caught up on everything that has been going on. I got a chance to go out on the field with everyone for warm ups, so that was cool as well. It is just crazy to even think of getting the chance to play in front of that many people. I just hope that I can get the chance to play in front of a crowd like Tiger Stadium one day."


While Welter is still in the earliest stages of his recruitment, the contact from schools has already begun.


"I talk to Florida State and Nebraska a good bit," Welter said in addition to LSU. "Coach Pelini is out at Nebraska, and he is really doing well to try to restore the program. He is definitely putting the pieces together and getting things back in place for them."


Returning to Crowley after another game enjoyed in Death Valley, the junior linebacker is turning his focus to next Friday night.


"All I can think about now is the playoffs," Welter said. "We take on Sarah Reed in the first round next weekend. I just am trying to get things together so I can do whatever is needed in hopes of getting us the win."

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