Senior captain... Two-year starter at OT and DT... Three-year letterwinner... Helped squad to 6-4 record, district championship and quarterfinals of 6A state playoffs as senior... Frequently graded out as team's top offensive lineman as senior, finishing year with 49 knockdown blocks... Received team's postseason Lancer Award for athletic and academic achievement... Named first team 6A All-State squad by writers and coaches association... Earned to first team All-Metro squad by St. Louis Post-Dispatch... Two-time all-conference selection... As senior DT, contributed 41 total tackles and three QB sacks... Standout thrower in track & field, with 52-foot PR in shot put... Nominated for National Football Foundation scholar recognition.
Caleb Welchans... Son of Greg and Laura Welchans... Born on Aug. 8, 1989... Dad is president of Supplies Network firm; mom is homemaker... Oldest of three siblings: brother, Jake, and sister, Mary... Dad played college football at Texas-Arlington... Active in leadership roles on campus, currently serving as senior class president... Planning to major in medicine, health and society.
LAFAYETTE HEAD COACH BOYD MANNE
"Caleb is just an awesome young man who should enjoy a great deal of success (at Vanderbilt).
"He has an outstanding football IQ, just a very intelligent guy when it comes to the field. For a guy his size, Caleb is extremely athletic and has a great motor. He's very mobile and agile for that size, so much so that he wanted to be a quarterback when he came into the program (as a ninth grader).
"Vanderbilt is also getting a leader, on and off the field, a guy that has tremendous work ethic and wants to be the best he can be. He'll also work hard for the coaches.