OL Cory Helms (6-4 305) of Alpharetta, GA was not heavily recruited by the so called big time programs when he was in high school. He settled on Wake Forest and was a starter at center from the opening bell. He was so good he was named a freshman All American. This past season, with a new coaching staff, Helms played offensive guard. Now, he's looking for a new program, one where he thinks he can compete for a conference championship and a spot in the playoffs.
"I want to explore my options and play for a big time program," Helms said. "I wanted to leave because I wanted to play for a bigger program that can compete for a championship. I made a mistake out of high school by committing to a coaching staff and not a school. Once the new staff, got there, I didn't have any relationships with them."
Helms has offers from USC, Texas A&M and Penn State and more are showing offers. That's a big jump up from him from the offers he had to choose from the first time around.
"It's pretty appealing to coaches when somebody knows that I'm college ready with experience in the ACC," Helms said.
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He will take an official visit to A&M starting this Sunday. The next weekend he will visit USC and he is set for Penn State January 30th. He may end up taking all five official visits he's allowed and because he's not in school, he can take visits during the week.
USC showed interest in Helms in high school but did not offer. He has talked with offensive line coach Shawn Elliott and could see himself joining the program.
"I like South Carolina a lot," he said. "Coming out of high school, it was a school I wanted to go to to an extent. Of the three (schools he will visit) it's closet to home. It's in the SEC. They have a great coaching staff and they are going to be in contention for the SEC East. That's a pretty big thing for me, to compete for championships. I've been to a game there and that was very fun. Now I've got to go up there and see where I fit in and see what their facilities are like and see what all they have to offer."
Helms said all the schools are recruiting him as a center. He wants to take the three official visits he has scheduled and possibly two more. Coaches from Texas A&M have indicated to him they will visit him later this week.
He doesn't have a current favorite and he wants to at least take his three scheduled visits before making a decision.