If you know, you know. That's what Stefan Welsh kept telling himself for the last two months and he decided it was time to left everyone know what he knew. He wanted to be an Arkansas Razorback. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Hargrave Military-bound guard called Stan Heath on Tuesday night and pledged his services to the SEC school.
"I've been consistent with them for the last month or two and I knew that's where I wanted to go," Welsh said. "I thought I might as well let everyone know that I felt comfortable with that and that I was ready to make my decision."
Less than a week ago, Welsh told Rivals.com that the Razorbacks were one of the first schools to recruit him and he was ready to make a visit to the SEC school and check out the sights and sounds of Fayetteville. But the realization that he already knew where he wanted to go was too tough to ignore. Having a budding friendship with the coaching staff never hurts either.
"My mom has always told me to build relationships with people that will look out for my best interest and that's what they have (at Arkansas)," Welsh said. "It doesn't matter about where it is or their diversity numbers are or what color of their uniforms are. (Assistant) coach (Ronnie) Thompson and coach (Stan) Heath are really good guys. I feel like I've surrounded myself with good guys that will really help me."
Welsh, a charismatic and engaging kid, is ready to put on his recruiters hat. He said he'll make two important phone calls on Wednesday. One to his future Hargrave teammate Tyler Smith and another to Thaddeus Young, the No. 3 ranked prospect in the country.
Welsh and Nike All-American camp teammate Michael Washington are the two commitments in the class of 2006 for the Razorbacks.
"I want to be a part of that program and help get them back to the level that Nolan Richardson had them at," Welsh said. "I want to get them back to being an NCAA power."
The three-star guard also considered Virginia and Tennessee.