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.