One position that Miami always seems to recruit well and develop even better, is the tight end. With a long and rich history of playmakers at that position, not just in college at UM but then in the NFL, the Hurricanes are clearly Tight End U.
For the 2022 recruiting cycle, a tight end that Miami is pursuing heavily is 4-star talent Kaden Helms out of Bellevue (Nebraska). Helms announced recently that he’ll be taking an official visit to Miami during the weekend of June 11th. He also told reporters that he went own to UM’s campus on his own dime in early March.
247 Sports has Helms ranked as the #12 tight end in the 2022 class, and #3 player overall in Nebraska.
Following the trend of what we’re seeing in today’s tight ends, Helms is athletic enough that he could line up at TE or as a wide receiver. At 6-5 222 pounds, Helms has exceptional hands and plays the ball well in the air. He’s versatile enough to be a constant threat in the passing game, and while he needs to improve on blocking consistently, he’ll throw a defender to the ground with ease clearing space for his running back.
He’s very flexible in the routes he can run, and even more dangerous after the catch, possessing great field vision. He’s no stranger when it comes to turning a simple bubble screen into a big gain, similar to how Brevin Jordan was used in some ways when he was at Miami.
The Canes brought in two tight ends in their 2021 recruiting class with the arrival of Elijah Arroyo and Kahlil Brantley, plus they also have Larry Hodges and Dominic Mammarelli. Still, Will Mallory is expected to turn pro after this upcoming season, leaving a lot of unexperienced tight ends on Miami’s roster. Who’s to say if Helms did come to Miami, he wouldn’t see the field right away as a freshman?