Once the open period for recruiting reopens, Buffalo's Treyton Welch is about to have a group of Division I programs that will start to look officially court him in about a week. “I went to a Minnesota camp, a Wisconsin camp and…
Once the open period for recruiting reopens, Buffalo's Treyton Welch is about to have a group of Division I programs that will start to look officially court him in about a week.
“I went to a Minnesota camp, a Wisconsin camp and a Northern Iowa camp,” Welch said. “I visited a few schools as well. I visited San Diego State, San Diego, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Northern Iowa.”
Welch felt last season for Buffalo – which finished with a 3-6 record – could have been better, but believes the experience gained last season will go a long way in 2017.
“We are going to be rolling with a lot of juniors and some sophomores this year,” Welch said. “We had a strong offense last year. We put up some strong points last year. We struggled on defense.”
Welch played both ways as a sophomore.
“I was the number two receiver last year – number one was Tyler Johnson – but I lined up on the backside usually,” Welch said. “The main thing I excelled at was the backside fade. If it was press on the backside, I would go up and get it. I am taller than most people. I like to go up and get the ball.”
“Last year I was not the fastest receiver,” Welch continued. “This year I have worked on my speed and my route running. Last year was more of ‘go up and get the ball.' This year is more get open, make a break and go for the end zone.”
The junior thinks he will be playing a more varied role this season and he has prepared for it this offseason.
“I think I will be moving around a lot more from inside to outside. I have been working on the technique of playing receiver. I have been working on cuts and breakdowns.”
Defensively, he played safety.
“I mainly played safety against passing teams,” NFN's 16th-ranked junior said. “Sometimes against teams that ran the ball a lot the coaches would save me for offense. This year I think I will be moving to corner.”
In the winter, Welch is a member of the Bison's hockey team.
“I am a left wing,” said the 6'3″ 195-pound athlete. “I am not the best player out there, but I am a leader. I am the guy that goes in the corner and hits people. I am not a really skilled guy, but I will be much better this year.”
In the spring, he ran sprints with the track team.
Being a three-sport athlete, Welch couldn't focus much on football, but would lift weights when he could. In the spring, it was easier to be in the weight room and run some routes with the quarterbacks before he started to attend college camps.
The last few months Welch has been searching out football programs. In a matter of days, if Welch continues to progress as a player, programs will start to search him out.