2019 4-star Hellams Talks Penn State

CLIFTON, Va. -- Four-star receiver DeMarcco Hellams breaks down his recent visits to Big Ten and ACC schools.

Cornerback? Safety? Receiver?

DeMarcco Hellams has plenty of options on the field, and colleges are lining up and giving the class of 2019 four-star prospect plenty of them off the field as well. 

The Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha standout holds more than a dozen offers, including ones from MichiganPenn StateClemson and Maryland, and he made recent visits to each of the schools.

"Most of the schools that offered me, they give me the option to go both ways," the 6-foot-1, 196-pound Hellams said. "I don't have a preference."


Neither do schools, although the thinking can change. 

When Hellams visited Michigan for the spring game, the discussions were about playing on either side.

"I talk to (defensive coordinator) coach Don Brown weekly. I talk to (passing game coordinator) coach Pep (Hamilton)," Hellams said. "They really like me on whichever side I'm comfortable playing at Michigan. Offense or defense, they let me know I can do either."

When Hellams was on campus, the atmosphere surrounding the spring game took him aback.

"It was crazy," he said. "Their fan base is amazing. Some guys, they even know you as a fan. They love their school, and you can see the pride they have for being Michigan."

One of the highlights for recruits at the game was coming out of the tunnel onto the field.

"You can get goose bumps," Hellams said. "You can almost see yourself making plays on the field."

Another Big Ten program making a strong push is Penn State, which first offered Hellams as a cornerback.

"I talk to (safeties) coach (Tim) Banks weekly," Hellams said. "We're really building a good relationship. I really trust him. He shows me not everything is about football. He asks me how my mom is doing, about family, grades."

At Clemson, Hellams' recruiter is cornerbacks coach Mike Reid.

During a visit to campus, Hellams was immersed in the program and the culture, and he strengthened his bond with Reid.

"He talks about what Clemson has to offer for its players, life after football and how they can help me network," Hellams said. "As a lot of people say, there's just something about Clemson. You feel the fan base, you feel the love. It's a lot to take in."

The school Hellams knows best is Maryland, which is a few blocks away from DeMatha. His recruiter, defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, was a successful high school coach at Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate before he went to Alabama, and then returned to Maryland.

"We've had a relationship since he was in high school (as a coach)," Hellams said. "I talk to him a lot. That's a guy I can talk to like he's an uncle sometimes."

The Terps, with Abdul-Rahim leading the way, developed a pipeline from DeMatha. Eight players in the last three classes, including two in the 2018 class, committed to Maryland.

"As far as DeMatha people going to UMD, it's something I noticed and I'm taking it in," Hellams said. "But as far as me, I'm making my own choice."

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