Dalton Schultz is a 4-star tight end from Utah who has a bright future. He stands 6'5", weighs 215 pounds and his soft hands make a great weapon in the passing game.
However, Schultz is also a dominant blocker. He can roll out of his stance at the snap, play strong at the point of attack and drive his target off of their mark to help clear a path for running backs. Due to his ability to impact the game through the air and on the ground, Schultz is in demand on the recruiting trail.
He has narrowed his list to five schools, per Greg Biggins of Scout.com, and he will have a tough decision to make. Schultz could chose to stay in his native state, head to a Pac-12 program with prestigious academics or sign with a national powerhouse.
Oregon State's staff does a good job of coaching and developing players. They are a group of teachers who prepare their players well, improve their weaknesses and instill toughness.
Head coach Mike Riley is stable in his job, plus Corvallis is a classic college town. Schultz would not be distracted like he would be if he stayed close to home or played for a school in a major city.
Schultz would immediately become the face of OSU's recruiting class, plus early playing time could be available.
The Beavers are not a great recruiting program, as they do not routinely sign elite prospects. So Schultz would not be surrounded by great talent. Oregon State is also not a top-tier program in the Pac-12 pecking order.
Schultz took an unofficial visit to Washington earlier this summer and told Greg Biggins of Scout.com that it was a great trip. Head coach Steve Sarkisian is a bright offense mind who clearly knows how to use talented tight ends due to the emergence of Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Washington has great facilities, a gorgeous stadium and a great local fanbase. Also, Schultz would not be too far from home.
The Huskies are not a dominant program in the Pac-12. They are on the rise, but winning would not come easy for Schultz in Seattle.
Notre Dame is a national powerhouse program that would give Schultz incredible exposure. The program receives major media attention, has a legion of fans and unrivaled tradition.
A degree from the university would be a huge asset for Schultz after he is done playing, as Notre Dame offers a great academic experience. Head coach Brian Kelly is one of the top leaders in college football, and a great deal of talent is on the roster.
Also, the Irish have great facilities.
South Bend does not always enjoy great weather. Notre Dame's campus environment is not appealing to every recruit in the country.
The Utes give Schultz the opportunity to stay right at home. He could see his family and friends on a regular basis, be in a comfortable environment and become a hero in his state.
Head coach Kyle Whittingham is entrenched in his position, plus respected coach Dennis Erickson is helping lead the offense.
Schultz would be the headliner of the class and also would likely see significant playing time as a true freshman. If he wants to keep things as normal as possible in college, Utah is the place for Schultz.
Utah hasn't exactly set the world on fire lately. The program appears to be a few seasons away from being fully transitioned into the Pac-12, so winning will be tough for Schultz if he signs with the Utes.
Also, Schultz must decide if staying home is the best thing for him, as leaving to spread his wings could be more appealing at this stage.
Stanford would allow Schultz to attend a prestigious academic school while still playing in big games. A degree from the university would be a fantastic asset for Schultz when he is finished catching footballs.
Head coach David Shaw is an offensive-minded coach who loves using tight ends. Schultz has the skills of a typical tight end for the Cardinal.
The campus has an excellent location in Northern California, the facilities are great, and weather is not an issue. Players on the team have a great maturation level
Although Shaw is a Stanford alum, the NFL may come calling soon. Schultz also must determine if he is ready to deal with the demanding academics at Stanford while still focusing on the rigors of college football.
Schultz is located on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map. It is insisted that this serve as a resourceful tool for all recruiting fans during the 2014 recruiting cycle!