COLUMBIA, S.C. — Cory Helms visited three SEC schools after he announced plans to transfer from Wake Forest in 2015.
Up first was Mississippi State, which came just seven days after his post on Twitter.
OFFICIALLY DECIDED TO TRANSFER SCHOOLS. pic.twitter.com/L7OnNfdVDG
— Cory Helms (@CoryHelms7251) January 9, 2015
“They have a really good program, especially recently. I know he’s done a really good job there … they’ve done a really good job,” Helms said.
The redshirt junior offensive lineman from Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga., will return to Starkville on Saturday when South Carolina takes on Mississippi State at 7 p.m.
“I was really considering them,” Helms said. “I liked a lot about their program. I liked their O-line coach. I liked coach (Dan) Mullen. The players there were really cool. It’s just when you’re making a decision like that, it’s tough.”
— Cory Helms (@CoryHelms7251) January 17, 2015
Texas A&M was up next. South Carolina was last.
Five days after the trip to College Station, Helms committed before he exited the South Carolina campus.
— Cory Helms (@CoryHelms7251) January 25, 2015
“I felt really comfortable here, honestly. It’s a little closer to home — I have some family in Mississippi, but my home, home — it’s a lot closer here,” Helms said.
Penn State and Oklahoma were also considered by Helms, who started at center in South Carolina’s season opener against Vanderbilt.
With Alan Knott back from suspension and Donell Stanley down with an injury, Helms will probably start at right guard on Saturday.