Germany’s Julius Welschof headed to football powerhouse, Georgia Tech

Julius Welschof, from Munich, Germany, has committed to play football at Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology) for the Yellow Jackets where he will enroll in January 2018 and participate in spring ball.

The 6’6″, 244 lb Welschof, who played for the Munich Cowboys in Germany,  was a highly touted recruit by the Yellow Jackets who play in the ACC, and his commitment garnered attention throughout college football. He follows in the footsteps of Australian defensive tackle Adam Gotsis who was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2016 NFL Draft and now starts for the Broncos:


“One major factor that played into Welschof’s decision could be the Jackets development of another overseas product, that being Adam Gostis. Like Welschof, Gostis was an athletic talent but still raw on the football field. Gostis would be drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by Denver Broncos.

Welschof presents a defensive end for Georgia Tech that is still raw as a prospect but has an insane amount of athletic talent. At 6-foot-6, 248-pound Welschof has a 40-yard dash time of 4.55, which would’ve been among the best at last year’s NFL Draft combine.”

“Once Julius Welschof visited Georgia Tech, he knew it was the place for him. Once the Yellowjackets offered, it all but finalized the decision. Georgia Tech’s latest commitment came from 4,800 miles away as the German defensive end finalized his recruitment by committing to the Yellowjackets. The 6-foot-6, 242-pound Welschof also made official visits to Iowa State and Temple.”

Welschof’s journey began in November 2016 when he wrote to Brandon Collier of Premier Players International on Facebook. He had read about Collier’s efforts and how he had helped Maxi Hradecny from Austria wind up playing college football with Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Brandon Collier:

“When Julius Came to us I knew it that he had the skill set and the size, but he didn’t have film for that last 2 years so it wouldn’t be easy.”

Welschof drove five hours from his home in Bavaria to Wiesbaden to meet Collier and they formed a relationship from there.

“Julius came to my home and stayed with me for 2 days and he was a great kid. I took him to a field and he performed in the snow. He was 6’6 250lbs and ran a 4.6 40 with a 10’3″ Broad Jump IN THE SNOW” after this day I knew we discovered something special.

Once the results of the PPI Combine in Hennef, Germany came out with Welschof running a 4.55 40 yard dash, college coaches began showing interest.

E.J. Barthel Penn State Recruiting Coordinator:

 “After that Combine and video you showed me of Julius I was sold and I knew he could play at Penn State.”

Collier set up a bus tour of colleges, calling it the Dreamchasers Tour, shepherding 13 European athletes on visits to 12 different schools.

Welschof ended up with 13 scholarship offers from  Rutgers, ODU, Towson, Syracuse, Iowa State, UMass, UConn, Temple, Coastal Carolina, Tulane, UCF, Eastern Michigan, and Central Michigan. Georgia Tech reached out afterwards and invited Welschof to Atlanta.  After visiting the campus he was convinced that Georgia Tech was the best fit not only because of the legendary football program but because it is one of the best mechanical engineering schools.

“I felt like G Tech was he best school for me on and off the field.”

Collier and Premier Players International, have been working tirelessly to help European athletes find homes at top Division I schools. Check out the recruiting website, PPI Recruits. 

According to Collier, the next combine is scheduled for December 17 in Hennef, Germany.

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