The Class of 2014 tight end didn't know much about the Hawkeyes. That changed last week when he returned a call to assistant coach Eric Johnson.
"He talked more about the tight ends in general and what Iowa has done with them and how I would fit at Iowa with respect to that position," Helm said. "I wasn't really aware of the strong history they've had at the position."
During the conversation, Johnson extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Glenwood High in Chatham, IL.
"I had been receiving some mail from them," Helm said. "That was about it until the offer. Since, we had a few messages on Facebook. That's about the extent of it."
The Hawkeyes face stiff competition for Helm, who reports scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern, N.C. State and Missouri. Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia, Wisconsin and others are showing interest, he said.
Michigan played host to Helm on Monday. He planned to be in South bend on Tuesday.
"I'd like to be able to use official visits," Helm said about his decision timetable. "I'd like to take my time and thoroughly consider all of my options. I'm thinking it will probably be during my senior season or shortly after."
Helm has visited Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan.
"I'd like to see Iowa, Tennessee, Ohio State, Michigan State, Northwestern (this spring); not sure if able to make trip to NC State," he said. "I'm open at the moment. There are some schools that I may prefer at the moment but I am still very much open. Anything could change with a visit or new interpretation. I've seen very little of the schools that have offered me."
Helm is looking for a program that utilizes the tight end and boasts strong academics and a powerful strength and conditioning program.
"I think closeness to home will play a part in this whole process but I'm not completely sure how big of a part yet," he said.
Helm looked at the engineering and business schools at Michigan on Monday.
"I enjoy math a lot," he said. "I would like to be able to apply that to whatever job I have in the future."
Helm said he was timed by laser at 5.1 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Army Combine in January. Only one tight end registered under a 5.0 on the slow track, he said.
"My high school uses me as a wide receiver, a slot receiver and a tight end," Helm said. "I'm pretty good with the receiving aspect. I like to catch the ball but I also know that blocking is a very important part of the position. I do that for my high school team as well. I'd like to say I'm a hybrid that can do both."