October 19, 2019

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Diamond in the Rough: Christopher Welch, Southern Lab High School

Christopher Welch is a 6’4 260lb defensive tackle from Southern Lab High School in Baton Rouge, LA. He is a highly touted prospect and is one of the top defensive linemen in the 2019 class. Welch has great size and hands to be able to shed off blockers and make plays in the backfield. He possesses great instincts for the football and is always around the ball carrier. Welch brings great quickness to the defensive line, being able to jump snaps and make big plays consistently. He has been the anchor for Southern Lab’s defense, being selected All District and All State two years straight. Welch is looking forward to a successful 2018 season with a deep playoff run.


Height: 6’4

Weight: 260

Bench: 375

Squat: 500

Clean: 250

GPA: 3.5





When did you start playing football?

When I was 11 years old in South Baton Rouge.

What is it that makes you love the game?

I love everything about the game. I love close games, the intensity, and when it’s time for everyone on your team to step up. Seeing who puts the most work in to get the win is what I live for.

What are you most motivated by?

I’m motivated to win really. I’m trying to go undefeated and I’m motivated by the fact that everyone is overlooking us this year.

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

I hustle every play. Even if I mess up I give it my all. I work harder than anyone else and I take no plays off.

What are your expectations for next season?

Personally I’m trying to get over 80 tackles. And team wise to go undefeated and make it back to the dome.

What kind of student are you in the classroom?

I’m very respectful and I do all my work. I help my teachers with anything they need and try to do more than what is expected.

What do you want to study in college?

I’m really interested in process engineering.

What have your learned about yourself while playing football?

I have learned that I have great communication skills. I can work with anybody and I make a great teammate on and off the field. I have also learned to keep myself calm in bad situations. You can’t do anything about it so you just have to keep pushing.

What would you consider your biggest strengths as a football player?

My high motor and my mentality. I give 110% on every play.

What would your coach say about you?

He would say that I’m a hard working player, very disciplined, very respectful, and a great listener.