Tennessee is arguably the hottest program on the 2014 recruiting trail, and the Volunteers' hot streak continues with the commitment of 4-star tight end Daniel Helm.
Helm represents a big-time commitment for Butch Jones and his staff, and there's a lot to be excited about if you're a fan of Tennessee football.
Jones seems to be the right guy for the job, and the Volunteers are thriving in recruiting.
John Brice of VolQuest.com reports on Helm's commitment:
When four-star tight end Daniel Helm, he of the prodigious offer list and the four-star national ranking, called University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on Tuesday evening, Jones informed Helm that he had been thinking about him.
Turns out, Helm had been thinking about Jones and the Vols. Now it's a safe bet that both parties are going to be thinking about each other even more. Choosing from a national offer list that was continually growing, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Helm became Jones and Tennessee's 10th overall commitment and fifth four-star in the Vols' nationally regarded crop of verbal pledges.
When a program is rebuilding, it takes a 100-percent commitment to recruiting to really turn things around, and it's quite obvious that Jones and his staff are doing something right on the recruiting trail.
Helm is now the 10th recruit to commit to Tennessee so far, and he's the fourth 4-star recruit. Tennessee also boasts the commitment of 5-star running back Jalen Hurd. Helm joins a class that already features 4-star tight end Ethan Wolf, so the future of the tight end position looks bright if Tennessee can keep both players committed.
Wolf is ranked as the No. 10 tight end in the 2014 class, and Helm is the No. 7-ranked tight end, both according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, so the Volunteers have a lot to look forward to at the position.
Helm has a tremendous skill set, and he'll be a very versatile option for Jones and his staff. He's definitely a great athlete, and he has good size at 6'4'', 220 pounds. He has quick feet, runs smooth routes with sharp angles, and he has the agility and length to make tough catches.
His height will make him a great option in the red zone, as he can go up and make an athletic play on the ball. Helm can also be a vertical threat, though, as he has good speed for his size, and he runs with long strides.
He'll be comfortable playing in open space, so Tennessee could split him out to create mismatches, but he can also be used as a blocker. He blocks with a strong base, good leverage, and he can get to the second level to wall off a linebacker.
Helm will be able to do a whole lot in Tennessee's offense, and he'll give the Volunteers a chance to be very creative with his skill set.