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High school football: Bingham's No. 1 nationally ranked TE Dalton Schultz commits to Stanford

By Trevor Phibbs, Deseret News

Published: Thu, Jan. 16 6:20 p.m. MST

 Bingham tight end Dalton Schultz looks on during the Utah State High School 5A Football semifinal between Syracuse and Bingham in Rice-Eccles Stadium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

Bingham tight end Dalton Schultz looks on during the Utah State High School 5A Football semifinal between Syracuse and Bingham in Rice-Eccles Stadium, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.

(Ben Brewer, Deseret News)

SOUTH JORDAN – The No. 1-rated tight end in the nation had a forest of scholarships offers to choose. On Thursday, he found the tree he wanted to build his career with.

Bingham’s Dalton Schultz, listed at 6-foot-6 and 235-pounds, announced his commitment to Stanford via Twitter, and the Deseret News confirmed his decision with Bingham coach Dave Peck.

“I think Dalton has as much upside as any kid that I’ve ever coached,” Peck said. “I know that Stanford in particular feels like Dalton has a chance to come in and play right off. They love not only how he catches the ball, but I think the thing they love the most is how he is as a blocker. He punishes people.”

Schultz was named the Region 3 Offensive MVP after helping the Miners capture the 5A state championship with an undefeated 14-0 record. He finished the 2013 season with 32 receptions for 499 yards and eight touchdowns.

“I think he fits perfect (at Stanford). I would say there’s not another school in the nation right now that uses their tight ends as much as Stanford does,” Peck said. “They’re a top 5, nationally ranked program and I think it’s a perfect system for Dalton.”

He eventually narrowed his offers, which included Arizona State, BYU, Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin down to three schools: Stanford, Utah and Notre Dame. Earlier this week he eliminated the Irish from consideration and was expected to make an official visit with Utah this upcoming weekend.

“Utah was the first one to offer him and he was a Utah fan growing up, so I know that was a tough decision,” Peck said. “Does he stay in-state where everybody can follow his career and watch his games or does he take one of these other schools that are high-profile, nationally-ranked teams that have great national recognition?

“You look at it at the end, if you’re a graduate from Stanford, shoot I think you’re pretty well connected for life.”

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1. oldtimeftballer
Salt Lake City, UT,
Jan. 16, 2014

Seriously...why would he want to go to Utah with the state their program is in right now?

Take the emotion out of it and it is a no brainer. Better school. Top 10 Program. Better upside. Unfortunately, until Utah can be a top tier elite team, they will continue to lose the recruits elsewhere in the PAC.

Good luck Mr Shultz.

2. Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT,
Jan. 16, 2014

Narrowed his list down to Stanford, Utah, and Notre Dame, eliminating lesser programs much earlier in the process.

Hard to argue with his decision.

Welcome to the Pac 12!

We'll be cheering for you, except when we play(and beat) your Stanford team!

3. Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA,
Jan. 16, 2014

oldtimeftballer

At least Utah was in the final 2...your was never even truly in the picture.

I would never fault anyone for choosing a Stanford education, even if it means Utah loses a quality football player. Congrats and best wishes, Dalton.

4. Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX,
Jan. 16, 2014

Choosing Stanford over Utah is a no-brainer.

5. Old ball coach1
Sandy, UT,
Jan. 16, 2014

Hmmm... Stanford or Utah.....good choice!