The scholarship offers continue to pile up for Stefan Welsh, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard from Woodside High School in Newport News, Virginia. The No. 58 ranked player in the class of 2006 said two programs tendered a free ride after watching him over the holidays and a dozen more remain actively involved in recruiting him.
According to the four-star prospect, he has 12 offers to date. That number was upped when Miami-FL and St. Joseph's put an offer on the table after watching him at the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational in Raleigh, N.C. Arkansas, Clemson, Maryland, NC State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Xavier have all offered, says Welsh.
The junior has been a busy man. The native Virginian visited both in-state schools, going to Virginia Tech when the team played North Carolina and Virginia when the Cavs hosted Wake Forest.
"The visits were alright. At Virginia, everyone was going crazy. I saw the new arena and saw the blueprints of it. It's going to seat like 15,000 people. That's pretty good," Welsh said. "They are going to be a pretty good team with J.R. Reynolds, Adrian (Joseph), Sean (Singletary). They have some good talent.
"The same thing with V-Tech. They have (former AAU teammate) Marquie (Cooke). We're real cool. We go back to the Hampton (Va.) old days."
Two programs - Connecticut and Georgetown - have upped their involvement of late, too. Welsh was also quick to add that Xavier remains one of his top choices.
Welsh said he's looking forward to Jan. 22 when his Woodside team matches up against Oak Hill Academy, featuring guards Tywon Lawson and Jamont Gordon. Welsh will likely defend both nationally ranked guards. The game is slated for an 8:15 p.m. EST tipoff at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va.