Helms Pleasantly Surprised

2013 offensive lineman Cory Helms visited Georgia Tech's campus on Monday with several of his Milton High School teammates, and he was pleasantly surprised by what awaited him at the facilities.

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"I thought it was really nice – I didn't know about the indoor facility," Helms said, speaking of the indoor practice fields he had a chance to see Monday afternoon.

Soon to be a senior in Alpharetta, Ga., Helms has been getting interest from the Yellow Jackets for some time. With the ability to play offensive guard or center, he could be a valuable piece to Georgia Tech's run-based offense.

"I'd definitely be a good fit in their offense," Helms said about the Yellow Jackets. "There are a lot of parts of my game that would be good in that offense, like my run-blocking strength."

Meeting with recruiting coach Lamar Owens during the trip, Helms said he feels Coach Owens is definitely interested in him. He said the same about Coach Mike Sewak, who has received Helms' tape. Former Tech player and current Indianapolis Colt Philip Wheeler was also on campus for the day, and he spoke to the Milton Football players about the program.

Helms said that he also got to speak with current player Denzel McCoy. "He was talking up the program, and it gave me more of a good feeling for Georgia Tech," he said.

Staying close to family is a priority for Helms, so he said he is definitely looking to stay closer to home if he can. GT, UGA, Clemson, Kentucky and South Carolina are schools that have his attention right now, and he said Kentucky may be the first to offer him fairly soon.

Georgia Tech did not offer Helms during the trip, but he is hopeful that they will do it eventually. He's hoping to return to the campus for a spring practice or summer workouts if he feels the coaches are getting closer to giving him an offer. And he hopes that is coming, because he is confident the program is moving in the right direction.

"They're competing – they keep getting better and better," Helms said about the Yellow Jackets. "The SEC is still the best conference in football, but the ACC isn't that far behind."

With one year left at Milton, Helms said he and his teammates will fight to ensure the football program continues to move in the right direction. "We're known as a basketball school, but we made it to the playoffs for the first time in quite a while last year, and we're going to try to build on that this year," he said.

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