January 1, 2013
Helms' Houston holiday
Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton senior center and Wake Forest commitment Cory Helms followed his Christmas celebration with a five-day trip to Houston as the starting center for the Blue Team in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl at Reliant Stadium.
The Blue Team, which defeated the Red Team 20-9 Sunday, Dec. 30, had eight offensive linemen, and Helms emerged in practice as the anchor in the middle from a five-man competition for the three interior positions.
"They [Blue Team coaches] were telling me they loved how I stepped in and took the leadership role of the o-line, because some didn't know what to do and I made sure everybody knew what to do, how to line up," Helms said. "The whole time they were working on footwork with everybody, going over your steps, going over the plays, because they had to teach the offense in three days. It was a lot of learning and then just going over footwork and steps."
"It was a great experience, because you got to compete against a lot of the top players in the country from everywhere, going to everywhere, going to SEC schools, like LSU. It was really cool."
The 6-foot-4 and 288-pound Peach State product matched up with Louisville commitment Derrick Calloway and Lovell Peterson in the game, while he faced Andrew Billings and Deadrin Senat in practice.
"I played the whole game," Helms said. "I played really well. I think d-linemen for our team were better than their team, because they're harder to practice against than to play against."
"I think I played very physical, like always, blocking to the whistle every time and I used my feet really well. I had good footwork, because once you're playing competition like that you can't just overpower, because they're as strong if not stronger, so you got to use technique and footwork."
Helms, who is rated as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 9 center and the No. 58 overall prospect in Georgia, added this experience will prepare him for college.
"Everyone on of those players are playing in the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big XII [and] PAC 12," Helms said. "You're going to be playing against these guys for the next four or five years. It's good to measure where you're at too, what you need to work on [and] what you're good at."
He is going to continue working on his footwork and speed. Helms, who thinks he is strong enough for the rigors of college football, believes that showing good speed is the fastest way to get on the field as a true freshman.
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