Hometown: South Jordan, Utah
High School: Bingham High School
Key Offers: California, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA
Dalton Schultz will battle for the No. 1 ranking for 2014 tight ends nationally, as three of the four services rank him in their top two. The only outlier is 247 Sports, which ranks considerably lower among his position peers, pushing him from a four-star to a three-star prospect in the process. Overall, Schultz' profile projects as an impact tight end on the college level who can make his presence known fairly early in his career.
Dalton Schultz is a smooth, lean athlete at the tight end position who combines good playmaking ability with toughness and nastiness as a blocker. Schultz is a pass-catching weapon who demonstrates route-running competence whether he is lined up tight or split out in the slot or as a split-end. He has the acceleration needed to stretch the field when running through the seam, and despite his close to 6-foot-6 height, Schultz can sink his hips and keep his feet moving to get in and out of breaks at the top of his routes. His breaks create more than enough separation for him, as his height accounts for "natural" separation regardless of how closely he is covered by a shorter opponent. He has long arms to match his height, and is able to easily catch the ball outside of his frame, creating a very large catch radius. Also, he is a natural hands catcher who only uses his body when necessary, which allows him to take full advantage of his long arms.
With the ball, Schultz flashes good agility and strength to keep plays alive and eat up additional yardage after the catch. He has the ability fool defenders with a quick move, a skill he should develop to be more consistent in making first defenders miss in open-field situations. The stiff arm is another weapon that Schultz can develop to both break tackles and, more importantly, keep defenders at a distance and avoid dangerous hits to his legs. His long arms combined with his agility could make him a devastating weapon after the catch on the college level, which is a bonus at the tight end position.
Without the ball, Schultz shows great aggressiveness and technique when engaging defenders as a blocker. His athleticism allows him to fire out low and maintain his body position, creating leverage on his opponents. That body position, along with his feet, lets him stick on blocks, keep defenders within his frame and drive them back. These decisive engagements create many opportunities for pancake blocks and limit opportunities for officials to call holding penalties. Schultz takes full advantage of his pancake opportunities, as his nastiness kicks in on run plays and make him a devastating finisher of blocks. Though, like almost all high school prospects, he will need to bulk up to handle the larger defensive ends and linebackers on the college level, Schultz already shows the aggression and nastiness that will make him a good blocker once he arrives at his school of choice.
Dalton Schultz displays all the ingredients needed to be an extremely productive college tight end. As he learns to use all of those ingredients, the Utah prospect can develop into a special player who excels at all aspects of tight-end play.
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