Wisconsin TE/DE Still High on ISU

A friendship continues to develop between a pair of Wisconsin high school seniors separated by just 45 minutes. Iowa State commitment Jason Fiacco, of Hartland Arrowhead, and Beaver Dam's Eric Schultz speak on the phone frequently about football and life in general. Schultz also happens to be a target for the Cyclone coaching staff in the Class of 2005.

"We talk every once in a while about our seasons, and I'd like to get to one of his games this year," said Schultz. "He's always putting his little plug in for me to come down to Iowa State. He says it would always be nice to have another Wisconsin guy down there. If I end up going down there, that would be a good fit. Jason is a good guy. I have no objections, as far as that goes."

The fact that the two speak every couple weeks could be a good sign for a program looking for some help at the tight end position. ISU is set to lose three of its top four players at the position after this season, and would like to add Schultz next February.

Schultz could also factor in on the defensive side of the ball as a strong-side end, but he will likely begin his college career at tight end.

For now, Dan McCarney and his staff are in great standing with the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder. The Cyclones are his only scholarship offer, although Big 10 programs Indiana, Northwestern, and Wisconsin continue to recruit him heavily.

"Those are the four schools I'm getting the most interest from, and am checking out," Schultz said. "Iowa State is the only school to offer right now, but I just got my tape out to the other teams, and am hoping to hear back from them. I'm still open if anyone else comes in."

Schultz has already been to the ISU campus on three different occasions, once last summer for padded camp and twice this fall for games against Texas A&M and Northern Illinois. His experiences in Ames have made the Cyclones a favorite. For now, however, Schultz's parents are content for him to explore all of his options.

"I love the town and the coaches," Schultz said. "I have been received very well down there. The experience for the games was great. The Texas A&M game was a night game, and that was an electric atmosphere for Homecoming. The fan support there is great.

"I don't have a problem at all about going to ISU, but my parents want to make me wait and see what else comes up, so I have other options to compare."

Schultz added that he'll likely be taking unofficial visits to Indiana and Northwestern for games this fall.

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