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Four-star TE Helm favoring four

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Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood four-star Daniel Helm has quickly become one of the most heavily recruited tight ends in the country. The Rivals250 prospect has double-digit offers to his credit, and a few teams starting to stand out.
"I am starting to narrow it down a little," Helm said. "The teams I am really favoring right now are Michigan, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Florida. That list could change [but] that's who I am favoring right now.
"Originally I was hoping to take official visits, now I am realizing positions fill up and sometimes the scholarship you may want might not be there. So, I am pretty confident I will make a decision before the season, but I'm not sure when."
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Helm has already visited each of his four favorite schools, and made a return trip to see one this past weekend.
"This past weekend I went to Ohio State and Michigan," Helm said. "I was at Columbus on Friday and watched them practice, then went to Ann Arbor on Saturday.
Ohio State is one school that Helm has not yet received an offer from, and this was his first visit to their campus.
"It was really nice," Helm said. "It was good to be able to see how the tight end would be used. The facilities were really nice and it's a big campus, but I still don't know where I stand with them still. Coach Hinton said he would have a final evaluation after the spring game."
Michigan has offered Helm and his visit to their campus on Saturday coincided with the Wolverine's spring game.
"I took my dad up there because he wasn't able to see it the first time around," Helm said. "It was more for my dad's sake, but it was good for me too."
"I was able to hang out with some players and that was a good learning experience. I was hanging out primarily with Jake Butt and it was good to get his perspective on early enrollment."
One aspect of this past weekend's trip that was new for Helm was meeting with Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, who was out of town when the four-star tight end last visited.
"It was good to be able to sit down and talk with him," Helm said. I've heard nothing but good things about him, and he definitely seemed like a great guy and someone I could easily play for."
Helm has no other campus visits planned for the rest of April. On Sunday he will take part in the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour in St. Louis.
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