Cyclones Joined By Big 10 Programs

Beaver Dam (Wisc.) tight end Eric Schultz continues to gain more exposure traveling to different summer camps across the Midwest. Iowa State's camp earlier this month was one of the first that the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder hit. But what has changed for Schultz since he left Ames?

"I just got done with Wisconsin's camp, then after that I went to Notre Dame," said Eric Schultz. "I got some real positive feedback from UW. I also went down to Indiana and got some positive feedback. They're going to stay in contact. As of right now, not a whole lot has changed. But the feedback has been pretty good."

Although the Cyclones remain his only offer, Schultz feels he could soon have scholarships from Wisconsin and/or Indiana.

"Right now it's only Iowa State," he said. "But when I went down to Indiana, I wasn't in pads and they hadn't seen me yet in pads. They assured me that they're more interested now after I came down there. It's the same with (Wisconsin). One of their coaches told me that of the tight ends in Wisconsin, they're following me the most."

Schultz also said he traveled to Iowa's camp earlier this month, and now has one more stop remaining at Northwestern this week.

Asked to compare the Cyclones' camp to the other experiences he's had this summer, Schultz had this to say.

"As far as comparisons to other camps, I probably enjoyed Iowa State's the most," he said. "Coach (Dan) McCarney was right there coaching you. But at some of the other places, the head coaches and some coordinators weren't even at the camps. There is a lot of interaction at Iowa State and I enjoyed being there."

Either way, Schultz said he's taken something out of every camp he's been to.

"Coaches were pretty impressed with how quick I was," he said. "Not a whole lot has changed for pass rush, but everybody has a different philosophy on blocking and how the steps should be. My footwork has improved a lot and I can alter it for whatever they want me to do. Practicing all of this has improved my footwork off the line."

Although the Wisconsin tight end says it's too soon to start talking favorites, he says not many programs have compared to the Cyclones.

"I am keeping my options open, but of all the schools I've visited so far, I still regard Iowa State as one of the best," he said. "Even if I had a scholarship offer from anywhere else, it would be tough to pry away from Iowa State."


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