Helm Steers Toward Midwest

Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood tight end Daniel Helm, who's ranked fourth in the nation at his position, has parents who attended UCLA, but has yet to receive an offer from the Bruins...

Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood tight end Daniel Helm has rapidly become one of the most coveted tight ends in the country, with offers from Michigan, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Nebraska, among others. At the moment, he says that three schools are probably recruiting him the hardest.

"Michigan is probably recruiting me the hardest," Helm said. "Then, I'd say both Tennessee and Ole Miss have also been recruiting me pretty hard."

Helm (6'3.5, 217) currently lists Michigan as his favorite, but says that it's not by any means a done deal.

"What I've told people in the past is that Michigan is leading," Helm said. "I really liked the visit that I took there. However, that's the only school I've seen in depth, so that could change as I visit more schools."

Helm, despite living in Illinois, actually has a pretty significant connection to UCLA, which has been recruiting him, although the Bruins haven't offered. His parents both attended and played sports at UCLA. His father Steve was a scout team linebacker for the Bruins, and his mother Christy was on the UCLA swimming team.

Although he has the family connection, Helm says that a UCLA offer wouldn't make him a done deal.

"I've been in contact with the coaching staff, but I don't have an offer," Helm said. "It'd be really cool (to get an offer), and I'd really really like that, but that wouldn't be a be all, end all, I-get-a-UCLA-offer-I'm-committing kind of thing."

Helm, who's clearly a very bright kid, wants to go through the entire process an take in all aspects of each school on his list, and has no plans to make an early decision.

"I'd like to be able to take advantage of official visits, so I'm hoping to finally come to a decision sometime during my senior season, or immediately after," Helm said. "It's too early in the process to know for sure where those visits will be, but those three schools I named to start (Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Michigan) I like a lot right now. But I don't know exactly who."

Helm is currently No. 2 academically in his class of over 300 students and has a 4.0 unweighted GPA. He has already taken the ACT and scored a 32, which, for those scoring at home, is in the 99th percentile.

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