With offensive line anchors Dillon Day, Ben Beckwith and Blaine Clausell all graduating following last year's historic season, MSU will look to plug some big holes on its offensive line next fall. While guys like Jamaal Clayborn and Devon Desper will be looked upon to fill those gaps this fall, others will be scouted by John Hevesy to build the future of the offensive front.
One of those, at least potentially, is former Wake Forest center Cory Helms, who will reportedly visit MSU this weekend:
I admittedly didn't know anything about Helms before Robbie and company made that report, but afterwards I did some reading and noticed in this report that Helms is a wanted man. The Bulldogs will be battling Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Penn State for Cory's services according to that report, and from that list of fellow interested parties, this is quite a talented transfer. Helms also told Paul that he was interested in playing for a team that can win a championship:
"One key factor in my decision is I am looking for a team that can win a championship. And Mississippi State has proven they can do that and they did it this year. And I know Mississippi State is losing its center that started the past couple of years."
Helms was a freshman All-American after his initial season at Wake in 2013, and over the course of two seasons he started 23 of 24 games for the Demon Deacons. I haven't seen a particular reason for his departure from Wake, but MSU being fairly close to his hometown of Alpharetta, Georgia (at least relative to College Station and State College) can't hurt our chances. Cory will join a large contingency of in-state prospects on campus this weekend for his visit.
Once he makes his decision, Helms will have to sit out the 2015 season and will have two seasons of eligibility starting in the 2016 season.