Saint Louis assistant coach and co-athletic director Gerald Welch was a highly-productive contributor in the first football dynasty under Coach Cal Lee.
Welch chatted with Hawaii Prep World about the potential of wide receiver Matt Sykes, who has recovered from injury to impress recruiters. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound senior-to-be “has everything it takes,” Welch said. “I see a lot more aggressiveness in him the last few months. More consistently going after the ball.”
Welch is also enthusiastic about wide receiver Roman Wilson, who had one of the most impressive performances at the Adidas 7v7 National Championships in March.
“He’s got great speed, can catch the ball. Now we just need him to put it all together,” Welch said.
Welch also opined about the talent and versatility of defensive back Kamo‘i Latu.
“He can play inside or outside. He’s playing against the best guys to get better.”
The daily push between Latu and Saint Louis pass catchers like Wilson, Koali Nishigaya and Sykes is one of the most dynamic aspects for the 2019 Crusaders as they go for a state championship four-peat.
Welch, whose 3,490 career receiving yards is second all-time and 46 career receiving touchdowns remains a record on Oahu, also ranked the top quarterbacks in Saint Louis history.