Helms Has "Amazing" Visit to Starkville

Wake Forest center Cory Helms never expected to be in this position, but it may turn out to be the best situation the rising junior could be in. With two years of college experience under his belt, Helms has elected to seek his college football future somewhere other than Wake. The Georgia native officially visited Mississippi State this weekend and he came away impressed.

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"I had an amazing visit," Helms said of Mississippi State. "I got to talk to all of the coaches, see the facilities and meet a lot of the players. That was really big for me, because it gave me a chance to see how I would fit in and things like that.

"I really had a good time and we had some amazing food. I don't know how the visit could have gone any better."

Helms was able to get some face time with a pair of Mississippi State coaches that are instrumental in the Bulldogs' pursuit.

"I talked a lot with Coach (Dan) Mullen and Coach (John) Hevesy," Helms reported. "They need a center and they talked with me about all of that. They want a guy who can come in and know all of the protections and see all of the fronts and be a real leader. They want their center to be a real vocal guy and help lead the group on and off the field.

"They are talking about moving some guards around this year, because they pretty much lost their entire interior line. It's a good opportunity for sure."

Hosted by Bulldog big man Devon Desper, Helms reports that the Bulldogs helped their cause this weekend with a very strong effort in hosting Helms and his family.

"It is going to be hard for another school to beat Mississippi State based on how they made me feel," Helms explained. "I really liked it there and it's a good opportunity for me. I liked all of the coaches and I enjoyed myself. I think it would be a good fit for me if I went there."

While the Bulldogs have the lead, Helms plans to take a trio of other visits before making the call.

"I am on the way to Texas A&M right now," Helms explained. "I am probably not going to make a decision until around February 2nd after I take my Penn State visit. I just want to take these visits and be sure that I am making the right decision."

Helms just finished his second year as a starter at Wake Forest. The rising junior will have to sit out the 2015 season to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements. He would have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this fall.

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