Academics impress Helm

Florida hosted two visitors for Wednesday’s spring practice, one of those was Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood tight end Daniel Helm.

“It was really good,” Helm said. “I really enjoyed the whole trip. I got to meet several academic advisors and tour the campus. I also got to sit in on the tight end meetings and go out to watch Florida practice.”

The campus tour and being able to meet with the academic advisors were some of the highlights of Helm’s trip.

“I didn’t know how strong Florida was academically,” Helm said. “But I really liked the campus and how everything was together even though the campus is huge. I liked the stadium too, it was pretty big.”

Like most visitors, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Helm was able to meet strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman while touring the weight room.

“Coach Dillman seemed like a cool guy and someone who knows his stuff,” Helm said. “You could tell he was wild though. He was showing the weight room and all of the equipment they had in there and how big everything was. You can tell that Florida takes care of its players in the weight room and in the locker room.”

After the tours, Helm was finally able to see the football side of things when he sat in on Derek Lewis’ tight end meetings.

“When I was in the meeting I realized how complex college football is,” Helm said.

“The language is different and I was just trying to learn everything but coach Lewis is someone that is very hands on in his teachings. At practice he was helping everyone if they made a mistake but he is also intense too. The whole time I was trying to listen and take as much in as possible.

While Florida has yet to offer Helm, the coaching staff told Helm they were interested in him but they wanted him to come back down for a camp.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.