One of Arkansas’ highest rated players says his recruiting process has gotten more difficult as it has unfolded.
“I had some ideas about who I liked the most and who my favorites were at first,” he said, “but the more offers I got and the more coaches I got to talk to, that just opened things up.
“I really don’t have any idea where I’m going right now. I’m pretty much wide open.”
Helms (6-3, 300, 5.2) has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Tennessee and Memphis. He’s received calls from all of those schools since Sept. 1, as well as Auburn, Kansas State and Vanderbilt.
Among those calls were personal contact from three head coaches – Arkansas’ Houston Nutt, Tennessee’s Phil Fulmer and Vanderbilt’s Bobby Johnson.
“It raises those colleges up even more,” Helms said. “When the head coach takes the time to call me himself, it pretty much shows me how important I am to them.”
One of the schools on his list, Arkansas, is coming off an impressive 38-28 whipping of No. 6 Texas. Asked how the Razorbacks’ performance helped their chances, Helms said: “I was really blown away by that. It was unbelievable. It was a great game for the program. I’m definitely watching them.”
He didn’t give any indications on possible visits this fall.
“I’ve got a few in mind, but I don’t really want to say much about them until I’m sure,” he said.
LSU and Tennessee are good bets. Helms has listed the Tigers and Vols among his favorites since late spring.
Helms is the No. 18 rated offensive guard in the nation and a member of the Rivals.com Southeast Elite 88 Team.