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Monday, February 18, 2013
2014 TE Helm 'impressed' by Michigan visit

By Tom VanHaaren

Daniel Helm (Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) is one of the few 2014 tight end prospects Michigan has offered, and he is fresh off of a visit to Ann Arbor. The talented junior had Michigan at the top of his list coming into the trip and says his time spent at Michigan reinforced how he originally felt.

"Everybody is pretty impressed. I like it a lot, and I will definitely very thoroughly consider them," he said. "I think it reinforced it, but I also haven't had much of an opportunity to see other places, so I can't give a definitive answer. But I definitely really like Michigan."

Helm was joined by his mother, sister and grandpa on the visit, which started on Sunday and ended around 6 p.m. on Monday. The family was able to take in a basketball game, check out Michigan's facilities and even the academic side of what Michigan has to offer.

"All of the information they provided us was very helpful," he said. "They set us up with some pretty big-time people. Someone from the business school and engineering school. Overall it was very informative, because I'm thinking about those two majors, but I'm not set between those two."

As a tight end Helm was interested to hear how he would be used in Michigan's new offense. He and his family sat down with tight ends coach Dan Ferrigno and offensive coordinator Al Borges to discuss his potential role with Michigan.

"They showed me some clips of San Diego State, because they can't show me a lot of clips from Michigan," he said. "It was very helpful to see and know for a fact that this was the direction they were going. They showed me (Gavin) Escobar, who is going to the draft, and Coach Ferrigno coached him."

Helm also got a different perspective at the basketball game when he spoke to 2013 signees Derrick Green and Khalid Hill. Speaking with his peers and someone that had been through the process meant a lot to Helm.

He said the visit was impressive all around, but if he had to name one aspect that stood out it was when he sat down with the coaches and told them his future plans.

"It was really good to get to know the coaches better. When we were about to leave Coach (Jeff) Hecklinski asked me about my plans for tomorrow," he said. "I kind of hesitantly said I was going to Notre Dame, because I didn't know what to say. He said not to worry and that they want me to make the most informed decision and compare all of my options. That shows their confidence, and rightfully so -- they're coaching at one of the best universities in the country."