OL Cory Helms (6-4 305) of Alpharetta, GA, who is a Wake Forest transfer, made his official visit to USC over the weekend and needed a little bit of time on the drive home to realize what he saw in the rear view mirror is where he wanted to be. After talking with his family, Helms called USC Sunday afternoon and committed to the Gamecocks.
“I had a really good feeling today and wanted to talk to my family and stuff before I made it official,” Helms said. “I have a really good relationship with the players I was around and the recruits who were there. And it’s the closest school to my home.”
Helms also considered Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Penn State after deciding to transfer from Wake Forest where he was a freshman All American center in 2013. Last season he played some guard along with center but the Gamecocks like him as a center.
Ordinarily as a transfer, Helms would have to sit out the 2015 season. That might still be the case though he says he and USC will make an appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility.
“I’m moving back closer to home because I live with a sick grandmother,” he said. “That’s a big reason I’m coming here to be able to come back and help my grandmother.”
Helms said he’s planning to enroll at USC for the Maymester academic session. He gives the Gamecocks 30 newcomers for 2015 and he’s the fourth offensive lineman for the class.