ND's Welter chooses LSU

BATON ROUGE – Notre Dame linebackers D.J. Welter and Seth Fruge wreaked havoc on opposing offenses over the last two seasons.

And although the duo won’t be playing together in 2009 (Fruge is off to LSU as a preferred walkon this fall) they will be teaming up again in 2010.

Welter, a senior-to-be on the Pios football team, all but guaranteed that reunion Tuesday when he announced that he, too, will play for the Tigers after his high school graduation.

His verbal commitment to the Tigers during a meeting with LSU head coach Les Miles is LSU’s fifth thus far for 2010.

“It’s the place I always wanted to play,” said Welter of LSU. “This is one of the best feelings of my life.”

Welter joins Eunice’s Tharold Simon, Many tight end Nick Jacobs, fullback Brandon Worle from LaGrange, Ga. and Dallas wide receiver Mike Davis as early commitments landed by Miles.

Welter chose LSU over a number of major Division I schools showing interest including Alabama, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Mississippi State. He also had official offers from Missouri of the Big 12 Conference as well as one from Northwestern of the Big Ten Conference.

“It was an awesome decision,” said Welter. “But it’s great for my family because I’ll be playing close to home.”

During his junior campaign, Welter helped lead the Pioneers to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the Class AAA state championship game. He logged 108 total tackles (51 solo), 14 stops behind the line, two sacks, three hurries, three pass breakups and two fumble recoveries in earning All-District, All-Acadia Parish and All-State honors.

“D.J. is a conservative 4.6 guy,” said Pio coach Louis Cook of Welter’s time in the 40-yard dash. “At LSU’s camp, he ran a 4.58. For 220 pounds, that’s pretty good. He’s 220 and he looks like he’s about 190.”

Welter played outside linebacker as a sophomore with District 5-AAA MVP Ryan Champagne playing the middle before moving to middle linebacker this past season.

“D.J. is athletic enough to play outside, but I look for them (LSU) to start him out inside,” said Cook. “That’s what coach Miles said they want to do.”

Welter is the third player during Cook’s tenure at Notre Dame to commit early to a Division I program and all three have been with LSU. The first two were Cade Comeaux and Jeff Cook.

D.J. is the son of Fritz and Treymayne Welter of Rayne.

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