Breaking Down No. 2 TE Dalton Schultz's Top 5 Teams

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJuly 23, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Dalton Schultz is the No. 2 tight end recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he's narrowed his interest list down to five notable programs.

According to Schultz on Twitter, his top five consists of...

In his piece on the top five, Erik McKinney of ESPN.com reports that Schultz wants to take "at least three official visits" before picking a school. McKinney also reports that  Schultz hasn't begun the process of figuring out when or where those visits will take place. 

Right off the bat, Notre Dame stands out as the big name. The Fighting Irish are championship contenders until further notice. The history and tradition of Notre Dame football is notable, to say the least.

Before you rush off to name it the favorite though, consider these factors. One, Notre Dame already has a commitment from 3-star tight end Nic Weishar (4-star according to 247Sports exclusive rankings). Two, the Fighting Irish landed two tight ends last cycle: 4-stars Mike Heuerman and Durham Smythe.

Stanford and Washington are the other major programs on the list. Here's what McKinney reported in regard to both programs:

There are very few surprises with his list of finalists, as Stanford and Washington have long been viewed as schools that will be in the running for his services. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end has visited Stanford multiple times and maintains a solid relationship with the Huskies coaches as well. 

Utah is in a unique position with Schultz, considering the Utes have a sizable "home-field advantage" over the rest of the competition. He's from South Jordan, Utah., which is just under a half hour away from the Utes' home of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Utah does have the commitment of 2-star tight end Joe Tukuafu, but Schultz would definitely be the marquee commit there.

Finally, there's Oregon State, a program that would greatly benefit from the potential commitment of Schultz. Mike Riley and his staff have only landed three commitments so far, two being quarterbacks. Oregon State also didn't sign a tight end in 2013, so the Beavers could provide Schultz with a ton of opportunity.

For the record, six-of-six experts in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predict Schultz will end up at Stanford. 

 

Where do you think Schultz will commit? Let us know in the comments.

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