Post-Signing Day Evaluations: Schultz

CycloneNation.com is breaking down Iowa State's football recruiting class of 2005, one by one. The 20th in a series of 25 player evaluations is Beaver Dam (Wisc.) High School tight end Eric Schultz.

Eric Schultz
Tight End
Beaver Dam, Wis. (Beaver Dam HS)
6-4/230/4.8
#44/***

The Particulars -- Three-year letterwinner ... caught only eight passes as a senior, but was a bigger threat on defense ... made 52 tackles, including eight for loss ... also forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles and blocked four kicks ... first-team all-conference selection by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ... ranked on Rivals' Wisconsin Top 10 ... SuperPrep all-Midwest team ... ranked among the top 50 tight ends nationally by Scout.com ... also on Scout.com's Wisconsin Top 15 list ... second-team all-conference as a junior ... had 41 tackles, including five sacks, as well as four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... coached by Tim White ... lettered three times in hockey and once in baseball

Seals' scouting report – I really like Schultz's versatility. Although he will begin his career at tight end, he can be moved to defensive end or outside linebacker at any time. As long as he's on offense, Schultz will be utilized in space and down the field to stretch defenses. He's close to being physically ready, which is encouraging.

ISU offensive coordinator Barney Cotton on Schultz – "That's another guy we had in at camp. Terry (Allen) was recruiting him and really liked him. He's a long-bodied kid that's athletic, lean, and has a lot of room to grow. He's going to be a good get and is going to get bigger. I could see him getting up to 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds. I think he could play another position, but there are so many things you do with two and three tight ends. The tight end might take the place of a fullback in certain personnel groupings."

Short-term outlook – With Ben Barkema and Walter Nickel atop the depth chart at tight end, and highly-regarded prep tight end Trent Flander on the way, Schultz is likely destined for a redshirt season. He'll need to add 10 to 15 pounds before he's ready for the rigors of the Big 12.


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