Schultz will see Irish before final decision

The nation's No. 1 ranked tight end in the class of 2014, Dalton Schutlz of South Jordan (Utah) Bingham details his top five and explains why he's high on Notre Dame.

Tight end Dalton Schultz of South Jordan (Utah) Bingham tweeted his top five on Monday (in no particular order): Stanford, Washington, Oregon State, Utah and Notre Dame.

Though Schultz doesn't have dates nailed down just yet, he does have places in mind where he'll be taking official visits this fall.

"The schools in my top five will be the five schools that I take officials to," Schultz said. "I'm not sure I'll decide as late as signing day, I'm just going to see how I feel. If I feel ready after only two or three visits, I could commit then."

Even so, Schultz says giving Notre Dame an official is something he views as a no-brainer.

"I've got to go there (Notre Dame) before I make my final decision," Schultz said.

"Notre Dame is a very prestigious school that has a lot of football tradition," he added. "It compares really well with Stanford, so I've got to check it out."

When the nation's No. 1 tight end does settle on a school, he's looking for strong chemistry with the players. Schultz says he's already done his homework on the other aspects.

"I basically eliminated the pure spread teams from my list," Schultz said. "I'm looking for more of a pro-style offense. I think I fit in well with what all five of my top teams do. I've learned pretty much everything I can from every program in my top five. It's going to come down to visiting the schools and meeting the players and seeing how it fit in with them."

The Irish have a commitment from three-star tight end Nic Weishar already, but Schultz says that won't factor into his decision.

"That doesn't affect me at all," Schultz said.

This summer, Schultz visited Stanford, Oregon State, Washington and Utah – four of the five schools in his top five. The fact that Notre Dame was farthest away from Utah came into account with his travel plans this summer, but Schultz says location won't matter when picking a final destination.

"If [Notre Dame] feels right, it (location) won't matter," Schultz said.

Schultz is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 1 tight end in the class of 2014 by Top Stories