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Monday, July 22, 2013
Final five for ESPN 300 TE Schultz

By Erik McKinney



Nearly two dozen scholarship offers were cut down to a final five schools by ESPN 300 tight end Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham) on Monday, as the big pass catcher took to Twitter to release his finalists.

Schultz, the nation's top player at his position, said the five schools remaining are Notre Dame, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah and Washington and added that he would like to take at least three official visits before making a decision, which he hopes will come after the football season.

There are very few surprises with his list of finalists, as Stanford and Washington have long been viewed as schools that will be in the running for his services. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end has visited Stanford multiple times and maintains a solid relationship with the Huskies coaches as well.

Seeing Notre Dame on the list simply confirms the idea that the Fighting Irish are looking to continue its recent success at the position. Notre Dame holds a commitment from tight end Nic Weishar (Chicago/Marist) already and are also pushing hard for ESPN 150 tight end Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), the No. 1 TE-H in the nation.

Utah, the hometown school, has been after Schultz, the nation's No. 149 overall recruit, for some time and the big tight end has said in the past that he enjoys his visits to see the Utes. The big winner in the group is Oregon State, which beat out programs such as California, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. The Beavers are off to something of a slow start in terms of commitments in the 2014 class, but Mike Riley's program typically has success with tight ends and will go after Schultz in a big way after not signing a tight end in the 2013 class.

While Schultz said he will take at least three official visits before deciding, he added that he hasn't yet begun thinking about which schools he definitely wants to see or dates that he could possibly take his trips.