Former Wake Center Eyes Penn State

Two-year starter for the Deacons has been cleared to transfer. He will be visiting the Nittany Lions.

Penn State coach James Franklin and his staff are exploring all options when it comes to rebuilding the depleted offensive line corps they inherited.

The Nittany Lions have focused on O-linemen in recruiting, signed a top junior college blocker, and now apparently are interested in a fairly high-profile transfer.

Cory Helms, a two-year starting center/guard at Wake Forest, took to Twitter to announce that he has been released from his scholarship with the school.

Not long after, the 6-foot-4, 305-pounder let the world know that he will be visiting Penn State later this month and has received an offer from the Nittany Lions.

Helms (above, No. 51) also noted that he will be visiting Texas A&M.

Helms has a redshirt available. He will have to sit out the 2015 season under NCAA transfer rules then will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

At Wake, he became the program's first true freshman to start his initial collegiate game since 1987. He got the nod in every game except Senior Day that year.

Last season, he started seven games at left guard and the last five games at center.

Helms hails from Aphraretta, Ga., where he played at Milton High School.

Then the coach at Vanderbilt, Franklin got an up-close look at Helms in 2013 when Wake Forest visited the Commodores in late November. Vandy won, 23-21.


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