There's been some contact. There's been a face-to-face hello. There's talk of what may happen moving forward, too. But, at least for now, that's where the relationship between four-star tight end Dalton Schultz and Notre Dame ends.
No offer. No promise of one to come. Just a "keep up the good work and we'll be in touch." In the eyes of Schultz, a 2014 prospect, the situation isn't ideal. It's something. It's just not what he's looking for. He intends on getting what he wants, though.
"That would be a great offer to have, for sure," Schultz said. "Notre Dame is a prestigious school. They have all that tradition there. I think having an offer from them would be awesome."
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Schultz does, however, hold seven other scholarship offers, the latest of which came from Arizona State. As for which campuses he'd like to check out, that's a bit muddied. He and his parents are hoping to get out west sometime this offseason to get up-close looks at both Stanford and Cal. He also plans to tour both Utah and BYU. An unofficial to Notre Dame also sits on his wish list, but Schultz has no idea whether or not that will become a reality.
In fact, his itinerary for official visits, which he won't be permitted to take until next fall, is more certain than any immediate plans.
"Utah and Stanford, for sure on the official visits," he said. "Those are the only two that I know for sure I'm going to be taking officials to right now."
While Schultz has spoken highly of Stanford in the past and will almost certainly award the Cardinal an official visit, he says that he has no favorites in the process. For now, things are level.
"I like Stanford, but I like them just as much as anybody else, really," he said.
Schultz plans to attend a Las Vegas 7-on-7 tournament in early March, but doesn't have any other camp showings currently scheduled.