NCF On The Trail: Daniel Helm

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It is always difficult to pinpoint just one guy, but I will point out a few that I think will be immediate impact players who can help in critical areas and also list some prospects who have a high ceiling for development. Let’s start off with some impact players. Tennessee needs offensive weapons as badly as anyone and this has been a focus. Therefore the additions of Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) and No. 2 ranked juco player LaVon Pearson (Newport News, Va./Feather River College) will be expected to play significant roles within this scheme to add to Alton "Pig" Howard and Marquez North. Considering the losses along the offensive line, OT Dontavius Blair (Anniston, Ala./Garden City Community College) will likely be expected to start right away. As far as some high ceiling prospects, we think TE-Y Daniel Helm (Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) has a bright future as a movement flex TE who is very gifted in the passing game. Once DE Dewayne Hendrix (O’Fallon, Ill./Township) gets into the weight room we feel he could really escalate over time. The key for this Tennessee class is for 70 percent of the players to pan out. That would be a great number. There are always going to be misses, but Butch Jones and his staff have done a great job addressing needs and winning the state. As many as 14 of these prospects will be mid-year guys which is huge as many will likely be expected to play. There will be disappointments and there will be guys who exceed expectations, but mostly this class needs to be the one that starts producing wins.

Weekly commitment roundup 

April, 26, 2013
Boston College
Jon Baker, OC (Millis, Mass./Millis)
Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 305 pounds
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Kevin Cohee, ILB (West Roxbury, Mass./Roxbury Latin)
HT: 6-3 WT: 240
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Daniel Helm (Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) spent his spring break in Florida. He went to all of the typical vacation spots in Orlando and the Disney theme parks. For most teenagers, especially from the Midwest, that would have been the highlight of his spring break. But for a top football prospect, it was actually a visit to a college that left the lasting impression.

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Irish TE history, U-M impress Helm 

February, 19, 2013
It was not the longest visit Daniel Helm (Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) had taken to date, but he said he got what he needed from Notre Dame on Tuesday.

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2014 TE Helm 'impressed' by Michigan visit 

February, 18, 2013
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.

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The new staff at Tennessee has been hot on the trail with 2013 and 2014 prospects the last few weeks, and the Volunteers are handing out several 2014 offers. Two juniors from the Chicago area are among the latest.

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He might not have an offer, but that does not mean the Wisconsin coaches aren’t high on Daniel Helm (Chatham, Ill./Glenwood). The 2014 tight end made his fourth visit to Wisconsin on Saturday.

“I enjoyed the atmosphere like last time. Camp Randall is a lot of fun,” said Helm, who was last in Madison for the Minnesota game. “The coaches were great. I like what they’re doing with the tight ends like Jacob Pedersen. They pretty much dominated offensively but couldn’t punch the ball in.”

Helm was watching Ohio State’s offense, too, and although the tight ends were not heavily involved, he knows about Urban Meyer’s history with tight ends, including Aaron Hernandez.

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