Few programs have found success through the use of their tight ends quite like the Stanford Cardinal over the past few years. In 2011, the tight end trio of Coby Fleener, Levine Toilolo and Zach Ertz combined for 86 receptions and two touchdowns. That production caught the attention of several high school tight ends across the country, including 2014 standout Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham), who visited the Cardinal this past weekend for his second trip to Palo Alto.
"Honestly, it was probably one of the best trips I've had," Schultz said. "When you get on the field with the coaches, it was exactly what I expected. A lot of the stuff they do is what we do, so the transition would be pretty smooth."
When the 6-foot-5, 215-pound tight end visited Stanford in the spring for its junior day, he didn't get to see much of what Northern California has to offer, as he and his family drove directly from the airport to the Cardinal campus, then back to the airport. This time, the weekend trip had far more in store for him.
"I got to see everything around campus and where things are located in that area," he said. "San Francisco is only 35 minutes away, Half Moon Bay is close by and the ocean is not far away at all. It's a great area and I think that's one of the great points [for Stanford]. It's not a college out in the middle of nowhere."
Schultz already holds offers from BYU, California and Colorado, and could be closing in on one from Stanford.
"I know they are super interested in me," Schultz said. "Coach [Lance] Anderson said they've been keeping an eye on me. He is going to show the offensive staff my film and they will make a decision. They are going slowly with their scholarships right now."
Schultz said he and his family had a chance to speak with Stanford head coach David Shaw after the camp, which he said was "pretty cool" for him and his parents. The trip was his final college visit this summer, as he also attended camps at Utah and Oregon. He is forming a group of his top schools, but won't release that information publicly. Programs hoping to be included should act quickly, however, as he does have a definite decision timeline.
"In my eyes, it would be ideal to make a decision no later than the end of my junior season or junior year," Schultz said. "I don't want to wait because I think it'd be good to get the stress level down."