Cougars have work cut out for them

The Cougar coaching staff has been riding a wave of commitment success during the past few weeks after having extended quite a few offers. One instate recruit from Bingham High School that the Cougar staff has offered, however, will be tough to bring into the Cougar program.

Coming in at about 6 feet 5 inches, 225 pounds, Bingham tight end Dalton Schultz will be a junior this upcoming year. He already has offers from BYU, Cal, Colorado and Utah.

"My bench max is 285, my clean max is 230 and then my squat is 335," said Schultz. "I just play tight end and don't really play anything else or go over to the defensive of the ball."

Bingham has had some very good running backs in the program over the years, and the tight end position was primarily used to help establish a ground-and-pound game. Former Miner and current BYU tight end Austin Holt was a highly rated prospect who dominated in the run-blocking game. Schultz is now following suit.

"I think I had, like, nine receptions last year and didn't get thrown the ball that much," Schultz said. "I think I had around 14 yards per reception though."

Schultz talked about the different schools that have offered him and what he thinks about them.

"You know, BYU has great tight end tradition and I love the coaches up there. It's a great community and it's a great place to be and great school.

"Cal is kind of a work in progress and they're putting in a lot of new facilities to try and get back on track. It's a great institution and the coaches are really awesome.

"Colorado, I don't know much about Colorado to be honest. I just know that one day we were in California and on the way in to Cal Berkeley and my coach called me up and said that Colorado offered me a full-ride scholarship. I haven't really heard a lot from them, but they came to my school and I talked to one of the coaches for a bit.

"And then Utah is a great institution and I grew up a Utah fan. They've got great facilities and great coaches and I grew up watching their games. They have a great medical school and I like everything Utah has to offer. All of the colleges are great and it's just a cool thing to be a part of."

Schultz said that so far, the University of Utah holds the lead instate for his services.

However, out of state, Stanford would be the college of choice for Schultz.

"Oh man, Stanford is just amazing as an institution," Schultz said. "To even say that name in my family is big. Stanford is one of the biggest schools for me and kind of like that Ivy League. To go there you have to be really smart and, obviously, to go there you have to be a good player because Stanford has a good program. Stanford is at the top of my list."

Schultz recently attended a camp at Stanford.

"Yeah, I went down there but they haven't offered me yet," he said. "My whole family is kind of hoping they do. As of right now, Stanford is my top school out of state. I'm really hoping they offer me. I'm thinking that I could honestly go there."

Plan and simple, Schultz is looking for a school with top-notch academics as well as a good football program.

"I'm looking at the education," Schultz said. "I grew up in an environment that put a lot of stress in education. I just think that's important to have and you're not always going to be playing football. You have to look ahead after football and that's important.

"I also want to be a part of a winning program. I don't want to go to a place where you're not winning games because that's no fun. I also want to go to a place that's comfortable for me, you know, a place that feels right. There's not a lot of schools out there that do that."

As for what he wants to study in college, Schultz said he is considering going into cosmology or the medical field.

The level of education one can receive at BYU is highly regarded as well, as is the great tight end tradition found within the football program. Still, what BYU has to offer might not be enough to level the playing field when it comes to Schultz.

"I love BYU, so don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't say they're exactly level. Now, that might change in the next few years, but right now I don't think they're level with everybody else. I love the coaches and I love everything about the program. I know a lot of guys that have gone down to BYU, so I have a lot of ties to BYU with a lot of kids that have gone down there."

Besides knowing quite a few former Bingham High School players that have gone to BYU, Schultz does feel BYU has some attractive qualities.

"It's just a great institution and has a great tight end tradition," Schultz said. "I do think it would be great having Coach Mendenhall as a coach. He's just a cool, cool guy and my parents like him. Even my uncles and everyone in my family who has met him likes him. I think those are the main things. Coach Doman is the one recruiting me and he's another cool guy. He's real energetic and he loves to get after it and is just an upbeat guy."

So what would the Cougar coaching staff have to do in order to level that playing field?

"Honestly, I don't know," Schultz said with a slight laugh in his voice. "I haven't really thought about that at all. I don't even know. I just think of my background and where I come from. I'm not a huge spiritual type guy, but I do just try and work hard and help out whenever I can."

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