Seeing significant interest from Division I football programs since he was a sophomore, Holy Family senior tight end Kyle Helbig took his time to evaluate plenty of options when it came to his future.
On Monday, while the Tigers prepare for a Class 3A playoff game this coming weekend, Helbig announced via Twitter that he ultimately thought playing college ball close to home fit him pretty good.
Colorado State, a team that was in on the 6-foot-4, 225-pound student-athlete early on, will be getting his services starting next season. Helbig will likely make his second official visit in December to the Fort Collins campus, but he is already excited to commit to a Rams program that has developed some solid tight ends.
“They were the first ones to offer me, and really going into my junior year they were always my No. 1, so going to play college football in my backyard is pretty cool,” Helbig said Monday night in a phone interview. “The coaches, the feel up there really seems awesome.
“The couple of tight ends that are up there, they’re good tight ends and a good group to compete with, and (tight ends) coach (Joe) Cox has been one of my favorite coaches through the whole process. I feel like he can turn me into a good football player.”
Ironically, Helbig hasn’t gotten to play a lot of tight end the past two seasons but instead has really displayed his versatility. He has substituted for two different Tigers quarterbacks in the wake of injuries, and he is currently under center and has thrown for 1,109 yards with nine touchdowns against three interceptions.
However, he has more than proven himself at tight end over the past four seasons. A solid post player in basketball, too, Helbig has racked up 137 catches, 2,116 yards and 28 touchdowns while lining up bunched or out on the edges.
He made an official visit to Utah State — close to where his brother, Chris, now plays quarterback (Southern Utah) — and had other interest from Air Force, Army, Iowa State, Northern Colorado, UNLV, Texas State and Wyoming.
“I’ve talked to Chris a lot about things, and he was a big help and a big influence as I went through it all,” Helbig said.
In the end, the relationships built tipped the scales for CSU.