Versatile Schultz Chooses Cyclones

Iowa State secured its sixth verbal commitment for the Class of 2005 Sunday when Beaver Dam (Wisc.) tight end Eric Schultz gave Cyclone head coach Dan McCarney his decision. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Schultz could play any of three positions at the next level, including tight end, defensive end, or outside linebacker.

Beaver Dam's first-year head coach Tim White believes ISU became the best fit for his standout senior.

"Eric notified me last night before our awards banquet that he made a commitment to go to Iowa State," said White. "He really enjoyed his summer camp down there. He felt that the coaches were really down to earth and provided an atmosphere he was excited about. He felt that wasn't always the case at some of the places that were recruiting him. He really felt that Coach McCarney and his staff were warm and had the thoughts of the kids in mind."

Eric Schultz's versatility became one of his biggest strengths. He recorded two sacks and more than 50 tackles as a starting defensive end, earning first-team All-Little 10 Conference honors. Offensively, he split time between slot back and tight end, and made eight catches for nearly 100 yards.

In addition to defensive end and tight end, White also indicated that Schultz could factor in as an outside linebacker at the next level.

"Those are the three that he told me about last night," the Beaver Dam coach said. "He's looking at a position where he could play and be involved with. He possesses great hands and would be a wonderful tight end, but yet his speed and agility are strong enough that, with continued work in the weight room, he could play outside linebacker for the Cyclones.

"I think he possesses great potential with his physical frame, and his speed and agility. Playing at the college level and making a commitment to the weight room will really help him, in terms of being a complete college football player."

Schultz also considered Iowa, Notre Dame, Indiana, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Bowling Green.


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