Wolverines flip German end Julius Welschof
Written by Matt Pargoff   

Michigan picked up a new commitment early on Wednesday morning, flipping German native Julius Welschof from his previous pledge to Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end prospect announced his decision on Twitter.

“It was a hard decision. I stayed up last night until three in the morning, thinking about every scenario that was best for me,” Welschof explained in a posted video. “I want to thank both the colleges that gave me the opportunity, but at the end of the day, I have to think about myself. I want to get to the NFL and I think the best way to do that is to go with Michigan, with the best coaches, the best players.”

Welschof is a player recruited entirely on potential, as he did not play football in high school, only learning about the sport from watching videos online. He made a tour of camps though during the summer, which included the Wolverines’ big man camp, where he worked directly with defensive line coach Greg Mattison for an extended period of time.

Rated as a four-star prospect on 247 Sports based off his camp performances and a 40-yard dash timed in the 4.5-second range, several colleges jumped on board in seeing his potential, with Iowa State, UConn, Minnesota, Rutgers, Syracuse and Central Florida also offering scholarships.

He initially committed to Georgia Tech in late October, but has now signed with the Wolverines in the new early signing period.


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