Zac Welch, who has played 12 games in the last two seasons on the Nevada offensive line, entered the transfer portal with the intention of finding a new school.
“I am extremely grateful for my time at the University of Nevada, and I am grateful for all the relationships I have built here,” Welch said in a Twitter message. “That being said, I entered the transfer portal with 4 years to compete!”
Welch was part of Nevada’s now decimated recruiting class of 2019, which has seen more than half of its signatories transfer after two seasons with the program. A 6-foot-4, 300-pound player from El Dorado Hills, Calif., Welch played four games as a true rookie in 2019 and eight of Nevada’s nine contests last season. Since the NCAA does not count the 2020 season as an eligibility year, Welch has four years left at his next school and will be eligible immediately.
Welch was a second-string right guard last season and was part of a crowded mix of players looking to replace starter Nate Brown this offseason (spring camp ended on May 2). Most of Welch’s playing time in Nevada came on special teams because he had yet to register a college debut.
A graduate of Oak Ridge High, Welch was his school’s first offensive lineman. He made letters in football and track and field from 2017-19 and was the first team in all leagues, first team in all sections, first team all NorCal and second team of states. Welch was a three-star high school rookie and the No.34 center in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports. He also received offers from the State of San Jose and the State of Utah.
Since entering the transfer portal on Wednesday, Welch has reported offers from the state of Missouri, Western Illinois, Clarion University, Slippery Rock University and Gannon University. .
Welch is the 12th Wolf Pack recruiting class of 2019 of 2019 to leave school, joining LB JaVanz Dornners, QB Austin Kirksey, TE Ryan Smith, LB Patrick Willis, LB Jalen Williams, DL Logan Arnold, DE Javasia Brunson, TE Henry Ikahihifo, CB Cam Stephens, OL Cole Watts and DB Kieran Clark. Welch, Watts and Clark have announced their intention to transfer since the end of spring camp. Watts signed with Dixie State while Clark has yet to make a decision on his next school.