KNOXVILLE – Butch Jones continues to excel on the recruiting trail.
He continued his early success in the 2014 class and his impressive streak of landing tight ends on Tuesday night with the commitment of Daniel Helm, ranked as one of the top tight ends in the nation by multiple recruiting services.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect out of Chatham, Ill., becomes the 10th commitment in Jones’ second recruiting class in Knoxville and continues to propel the Vols up the early national recruiting rankings.
“Fluid route runner with good body control and excellent ball skills,” wrote Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu in a scouting report. “Catches passes at their highest point and does a great job of adjusting to passes in the air. Does come in as an in-line tight end and gives good effort as a blocker, but still has to fill out and get stronger.”
Helm chose the Vols over more than a dozen offers that included Michigan, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Nebraska. He had 44 receptions for 810 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior at Glenwood High School.
How he fits:Helm is set to join a rapidly-growing group of tight ends joining the Vols in the next two years. In just five months on the job, Jones has either signed or landed commitments from four different tight ends and also moved sophomore Justin King to the position during spring practice.