Despite his successful showings in high school, Welker wasn’t immediately recruited to play on the college level as he was thought to be too small to compete. It wasn’t until a recruit at Texas Tech backed out of his scholarship that it was offered to Welker.
During his four years with the Texas Tech Red Rangers, Welker had 259 receptions for 3,019 yards and 21 touchdowns. He was also a force carrying the ball with 79 rushes for 459 yards and two touchdowns. Welker won the Mosi Tatupu Award for being the best special teams player of 2003 and was named Sports Illustrated’s All-Decade team for punt returning but was not invited to the NFL’s Scouting Combine after graduation.