In case any Stanford fan thought that they had seen it all during the program's remarkable BCS run over the past decade, Thursday brought something new: The nation's top-ranked tight end publicly committed to the Cardinal via a YouTube video.
Dalton Schultz committed to David Shaw's program in the head coach's office back in December. He heard good admissions news after the Cardinal's big official visit weekend this January, during which he recorded the below video.
After a year during which tight end production suffered on The Farm (only 10 total catches for the position group), the Cardinal are confident that they have replenished the talent pool at that spot. Last year, Shaw inked Austin Hooper, Eric Cotton, and Greg Taboada at the position. Schultz joins that group now, and he'll look to make an immediate impact moving forward.
Schultz received a huge outpouring of support immediately after making his decision public today. In the few seconds that it took him to compose a sentence-long text message to The Bootleg, he said he received 15 notifications on his phone.
Other Recruiting News: Alexander, Simmons In-Home Visits
Defensive coordinator Derek Mason was scheduled to visit cornerback prospect Terrence Alexander in Louisiana Thursday, but that meeting was postponed because of Mason's interview for the Vanderbilt head coaching position. Multiple reports indicated Mason was one of two finalists for the Commodores' job along with Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris. Alexander, who now expects a January 22 visit from Stanford coach Lance Anderson, spoke at length about Mason and his wait for a decision from the Stanford admissions office.
Meanwhile, Shaw is currently in Texas. He paid an in-home visit to committed safety Brandon Simmons on Thursday night.
David Lombardi is the Stanford Insider for The Bootleg. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com and follow him on Twitter @DavidMLombardi.
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