Notre Dame fooball recruiting: No. 2-ranked tight end to capture visit on film

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Dalton Schultz realized he had been given a unique opportunity. As a highly-touted high school football prospect, schools have lined up to compete for his services. While those schools began their efforts to woo him following his senior season, Schultz wanted to do more than soak up his visits to the different campuses. As an avid gamer and fan of YouTube, he decided he would he put his own twist on the videos he’s watched online. Thus, he recorded video of his unofficial visit to Stanford this week, and edited it to recap the trip to give fans an inside look at his recruitment. This weekend, Schultz hopes to do the same while making an official visit to Notre Dame. “I thought it would be cool to show people something that they don't get to see every day,” Schultz said. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end will see plenty of what Notre Dame has to offer throughout the weekend. He arrived in South Bend on Friday and will head back home to South Jordan, Utah, on Sunday. Schultz’s senior season at Bingham High School ended two weeks ago with a 14-0 record and a state championship. The following week he visited Stanford for its game against Notre Dame. "They fight hard,” Schultz said of Notre Dame, which lost 27-20. “They have a team that has a lot of heart and a lot of character. I think they're a solid football team and will continue to be. That foundation that has been built there is pretty good.” Irish safeties coach Bob Elliott, who recruits in Utah for Notre Dame, and tight end coach Scott Booker have continued to communicate with Schultz despite the Irish already holding a verbal commitment from tight end Nic Weishar. The Irish also are actively recruiting tight end Tyler Luatua of La Mirada, Calif. Schultz may be the most talented of the group. Rivals.com ranks Schultz as the No. 2 tight end and No. 117 overall in the 2014 class. The other three major recruiting networks – 247Sports, Scout and ESPN — slate Schultz as the top tight end in the class. Notre Dame’s reputation at tight end precedes itself with the likes of John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, Tyler Eifert and Anthony Fasano currently in the NFL. This season, head coach Brian Kelly often used formations that employed two tight ends in Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack. The Irish won’t have to pitch too hard to prove to Schultz that he’ll be used. In fact, Schultz said he isn’t worried about the number of tight ends in Notre Dame’s 2014 recruiting class. “That's never been a big issue to me,” Schultz said. “I think it's cool if there's another tight end because then maybe me and him will bond. It doesn't worry me or scare me away." Schultz caught 31 passes for 512 yards and nine touchdowns for a run-dominant offense that completed just 134 passes in 14 games. When weighing his different options — he also has shown interest in Oregon State and Washington — Schultz said he hasn’t focused in on a certain academic program. With his new YouTube channel, The College Athlete, Schultz may have stumbled into a potential career path beyond football. "I love putting together videos and I haven't even thought about something like that,” Schultz said. “I think that would be awesome. It's something that I love to learn about. I've been kinda kicking around computer science, but I honestly plan on getting into college and just seeing what interests me and going from there.” TJames1@SBTinfo.com 574-235-6214 Twitter: @TJamesNDI

Tight end recruit Dalton Schultz, who is visiting Notre Dame this weekend. Courtesy of Deseret News