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Dalton Schultz isn't into building mystery or intrigue. He is, however, into video editing. As it turns out, his commitment to Stanford reflected both preferences.
The four-star tight end was up front about his recruitment from the start. He always said the Cardinal held a lead and didn't try to throw people off the scent for the sake of drama. His commitment itself wasn't surprising. It was, however, innovative.
Schultz, as he did following each of his official visits, produced a recap video of his recent trip to Stanford and posted it to YouTube. At the end of the four-minute Palo Alto installment came a surprise commitment announcement, and that was that.
It was not teased. It was not hinted at. The entire ordeal was perfectly in line with Schultz's style. The fact that he had been committed to Stanford since he visited in late November for the Cardinals' home game with Notre Dame is also in keeping with his low-key demeanor.
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"I was just thinking, 'Nobody has ever committed like that,'" Schultz said. "I don't like the hype and press conferences and stuff, so I kind of did it surprisingly and just put it in the video and didn't say anything about, really.
"I'm really impulsive with decisions sometimes like spending cash and stuff like that, so I wanted to keep this silent until I felt I really knew. I didn't want it to be impulsive. I just felt like after the last visit, it was time to announce it."
Schultz, a senior at South Jordan (Utah) Bingham High School, always had eyes for Stanford's unique football-education combo. And while that's what got the 6-foot-6 tight end interested to begin with, it was his relationship with the coaching staff that closed the deal.
Schultz' recruitment was a long-distance run, and David Shaw's program managed to pace it from the start.
"It's nice year round there, and the coaching staff is unreal," Schultz said. "The strength and conditioning coach is amazing. He really knows what he's doing. My position coach specifically gets referred to as, like, a Jedi Master."
The No. 2 tight end in America, Schultz is the No. 117th-ranked overall prospect in the 2014 class. He chose Stanford over 19 other scholarship offers and shunned fellow finalists Notre Dame, Utah, Oregon State and Washington .
Schultz has cancelled his upcoming trip to Utah and will not take additional visits.
Rob Cassidy is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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