Vince Helmuth: From Spartan to Wolverine

Michigan's first verbal commitment for the 2006-07 recruiting class is a local guy -- fullback Vince Helmuth from Saline, just a few miles down the Ann Arbor-Saline Road from the Big House. He chatted with GoBlueWolverine about how, and why, he made his commitment at Junior Day on Saturday.

Vince Helmuth Profile

Tell us about it ... how did Michigan offer you?

"First Coach Jackson took me into his office, and he showed me pictures of BJ Askew, Kevin Dudley -- the big fullbacks who've played at Michigan."

"Then I went into Coach Carr's office. He asked me why I wasn't a Spartan since my brother went there."

And why aren't you?

"Well, my brother played tight end at Michigan State from 1997-2000, and at the time I was, I was a huge Spartan fan. But none of my brother's coaches are there anymore, and ... their current coaching staff hasn't really contacted me that much. And in the meantime, I've gotten invited to all the Michigan games for the past couple years, and I've become a Wolverine!"

So what happened next in Coach Carr's office?

"He offered me a Michigan scholarship. And then I had couple questions for him. I want to be a coach when I graduate from college, that's my ambition, and I asked him about that. He said they have a program where one graduating player a year who has coaching aspirations becomes a grad assistant. So I liked the sound of that -- I'd like to be that guy when I graduate. "

"And then Coach Carr also answered my other question -- he told me he would not back off a commitment to a player once the commitment was made."

"So that was all I needed to hear -- I told him I wanted to commit, on the spot. He stood up and shook my hand, and welcomed me to Michigan. He was really happy."

"Michigan doesn't have to worry about me decommitting either. Michigan is the school I've wanted!"

And you're going to play fullback!

"Yes. I play fullback and defensive tackle for my high school team, but at Michigan I'll strictly be a fullback."

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Helmuth will not show off a great 40 yard dash time, but he ran an excellent-for-a-250-punder 4.3 second shuttle at the U.S. Army Combine. And he had a very good 24 bench press reps as well. Helmuth has become a workout-warrior over the past six months, so his strength will only continue to improve.

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