Saline High School
Star Ranking: ****
Position Ranking: 1
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His Recruiting Story
Vince Helmuth was born to be a Wolverine. There is actually no "recruiting story" for Vince as Michigan was always his dream. The question always was -- would his dream come true? Brought up in nearby Saline, Mich., we spotted Vince at most Michigan homes games for years -- but he as a smallish, not-too-in-shape DL, and so we always wondered the Michigan dream would come true for him. But then he went to work on himself -- and did 2005-06 ever make a difference! We were shocked and impressed when we saw him at the 2006 Army Junior Combine, where he'd lost weight, looked buff -- and ran a 4.3 sec. shuttle and put up a very good 24 bench press reps. And Michigan took note of his performance as well -- offering Vince a scholarship, and getting his commitment in the February '06 Junior Day, Michigan's #1 commitment for this class. Helmuth is an early enrollee at Michigan, already in school for the winter semester.
Every time we've seen Vince over the past year be was thinner and at the same time more buff. He turned himself into a fullback, and as a senior ran for 1,536 yards and 22 touchdowns this fall for the 9-3 Saline Hornets, who won two playoff games. Vince worked, and played, himself into being ranked Scout.com's #1 fullback. Vince is a great kid, from a great family, and is an extremely hard-working, low-ego guy -- the perfect mental and emotional package for a fullback. In Helmuth, U-M has found itself another Kevin Dudley-type fullback.
Helmuth at the '06 Army Combine
Vince Helmuth was born to be a Wolverine. There is actually no "recruiting story" for Vince as playing for the University of Michigan was always his dream. The question always was -- would his dream come true? But in 2005-06, Helmuth went to work ...
The question for Vince was -- would his U-M dream come true? But in 2005-06, Helmuth went to work.