Monday, February 18, 2013
I spoke with Helm and here are the highlights of our chat.
- On the visit: "The visit went really well, I really enjoyed the experience. I also learned some very valuable things about Michigan. Overall, it went very well."
- On what he considered the best parts of his visit: "It was all really good but I think the most beneficial for me was meeting with the academic counselors and then with Mr Bob Kennedy from the business school and Dr Alec Gallimore from the school of engineering. They all helped to give me a much better insight in to what being a student athlete at Michigan is really like. We got to meet a number of coaches and players too including Denard Robinson, which was pretty cool. Coach Ferrigno and Coach Borges really helped to show me how the TE will be used in the future as well. I know that doesn't really narrow it down that much but it was all pretty cool and very helpful."
- On how the visit shapes his opinion on Michigan: "Well, I don't think it shakes up my view of Michigan at all. I already had a very high view of the school and the coaches. If anything it just reinforces how I view them."
- Helm has no updated timeline in his commitment process as he is still fairly inexperienced.
- One final note he wanted to share, "One thing that stuck out to me about Michigan is when I was talking to Coach Hecklinski and he asked me about my plans heading home. I plan on visiting Notre Dame on the way back and I was a little hesitant to say that but he and Coach Singletary actually encouraged me to visit other schools. They want me to make the best decision for myself and they also want me to compare Michigan to other schools. That just kinda stuck out to me."
I believe Michigan has a great chance to land Helm when the time is right. Notre Dame will be a tough foe to beat for his services,
Saturday, February 2, 2013
I spoke with Helm briefly to get an update on his recruitment:
- On the recruiting process: "It's going well. I'm just trying to evaluate everything right now. It's picked up since the first of the year."
- On his "wish list"schools: "When I got my first offer from Illinois I didn't know exactly who I wanted an offer from. Now that I'm studying how each school uses their tight ends and taking other factors into consideration I think I've come up with a good list for myself on who I want offers from and what schools I need to really pursue. So to answer your question it has changed a lot since my first offer."
- On potential top schools list: "Kind of. It changes every now and then but the gist of it has remained intact. In other words I can name some schools that I'm really interested in but I don't think it's fair for me to rank them until I visit more schools and see what all of them have to offer."
- What a Michigan offer did for his recruitment: "I think it definitely sped up the process a little. I mean Michigan was my second offer and then within two weeks I received my third and fourth."
- Whether he fits with Michigan: "Based on what the coaches are saying, yes I do. I know Michigan has been more of a spread team with Robinson cause he's ideal for that type of offense. I was worried because most spread tight ends are just used for blocking. But from what I've heard from the coaches it sounds like they're trying to reestablish the pro style offense at Michigan which uses the tight end a lot."
- On his interest in Michigan: "I am very interested in Michigan. I definitely plan to make some visits there and that offer will be thoroughly considered."
- On factors that will play a role in his recruitment: "There are a lot of factors that I will consider but probably the main ones are (in no particular order) strength and conditioning program/coach, academics, how the tight end is used in the offense, coaching staff, and I think closeness to home will play a role but I'm not 100% sure on that one."