The spring evaluation period is a time when prospect's recruiting can really take off. One recruit that has seen his stock skyrocket is Cory Helms, an offensive lineman at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga.
"This offseason I lost about 15 pounds, worked really hard on my footwork and lateral movement. My strength has always been there, but I worked on that as well."
At 6-foot-4, 285-pounds, Helms can play any position on the line but is projected for guard or center where he made All-Region, All-County, and All-Metro honors as a junior.
"My best assets are definitely my aggressiveness and my strength. I play to the finish every play. That's basically all I know, whether its run blocking on pass blocking, I try to finish them," said Helms. "I'm just as good at either pass blocking or run blocking, but prefer run blocking. I love coming off and killing somebody."
The spring evaluation has been going great for Helms as a multitude of college coaches have come by to check out Milton's top prospects.
"In my opinion we have the best defensive lineman in the nation in Carl Lawson and a lot of schools come by to see him, and if you do well against him they're going to show interest in you too," said Helms. "We have a lot of talent on our team."
Schools have shown interest in Helms as offers have been pouring in. He had just 2 offers from South Alabama and Troy, but is now up to 10 offers including offers from South Florida, Wake Forest, Syracuse, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, and East Carolina, with Wake and ECU being the most recent.
"A lot of schools are offering me as a center, but basically all of them have me in the interior as a center/guard," said Helms, "I can also play tackle and that's where Troy wants me at. With my height I'm very versatile."
With the spring eval period in full swing, Helm has a few schools that are standing out to him at this time.
"There are some schools standing out, like South Florida, Wake Forrest, and Cincinnati," said Helms. "They all stand out, contact me the most, but I haven't taken any visits yet."
"I start taking my visits this Friday with Wake Forest, then next weekend I go down to South Florida. I'll be going to cincinnatii some time later in the month," said Helms. "These will be my first visits."
Relationships with the coaching staff are important and Helm has already began to form a few.
"I've got a good relationship with the South Florida coaches and with the Wake Forest coaches," said Helms. "I'm trying to build relationships with other coaches of schools that have offered."
"I've met both Coach Scott and Coach Shankweiler and think both are awesome and they definitely have a lot of offensive line experience," said Helms. "Coach Shank has tons of experience and even Coach Scott used to coach the O-line and played offensive line as well."
"Coach Shank said he loves how I play and said I can fit into his offense very well," said Helms. "He's an awesome guy to talk to and we are already forming a good relationship."
"They definitely know a lot about the offensive line and South Florida has always been a very physical team, so I definitely like that," said Helms. "I'm really looking forward to going down there, meeting all the coaching staff, and see the campus and check out their facilities and everything they have to offer."
"Me and Josh have always talked about it and would love to play together, but obviously it has to work out for the both of us," said Helms. "We've talked about it some with Eason, but not as much. If all three went to same school that be really cool, and great chemistry, but that may be hard to do."
As to when Helms will make his college choice, he doesn't plan on waiting until the end.
"I would like to make my decision this summer, but that's if everything plays out right," said Helms. "I also want to wait and see who offers, because I feel that I'm on a list for a lot of programs. I just want to make sure I find the right fit."
The standout lineman does know what factors he's looking at in making his decision.
"There are several things that come into play in making my choice," said Helms. "Location, relationship with the coaches, the school in general, the competition they play, the exposure I'll get with the NFL scouts, how I fit in the school socially and everything. Other than that I'm looking for that ‘it' factor. I won't know what that is until I visit."
For now Helm is looking forward to his first visits.
"I hear they're going to roll out the red carpet for me and I want to see everything, the campus, facilities, meet the head coach in person, talk about the offense, and basically evaluate them and how I'd fit," said Helms. "I'm really excited and looking forward to it."