Dalton Schultz has talked to Notre Dame numerous times and there has been lots of interest shown from the Irish side but when they offered in recent days it became a reality for the South Jordan (Utah) Bingham tight end.
The four-star prospect said Notre Dame definitely interests him but he still plans to take the recruiting process slowly and not rush visits or a decision.
Getting the Notre Dame offer was a big deal, though, and one that will be seriously considered.
"I got an offer from Notre Dame a couple days ago," Schultz said. "They called coach (Dave) Peck and then I called them back and we talked and they offered me a scholarship.
"They came to visit probably a month ago and we talked then. That was pretty cool being my first encounter with them ever. We talked on Facebook a little bit but that's about it."
Notre Dame has utilized its tight end in the offense and that is a big draw to Schultz, rated as the No. 116 prospect in the 2014 class by Rivals.com.
Schultz, who had nearly 500 receiving yards in his junior season, said it's important to be used in the offense but it's not the only factor he's considering when choosing a team.
"It's good to have but it's not a deal breaker," Schultz said. "It's a good thing to have though because you want to be a part of the offense for sure."
Visits will come later. Nothing has been planned yet as Schultz takes a deliberate approach to the recruiting process. Focused on the NLA 7on7 in Las Vegas next weekend, Schultz plans to take his time with everything.
"I don't know yet about a visit," Schultz said. "Maybe when it's all said and done after the season I might take a visit but I'm not sure. We'll see when we get to that point."
In total, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound prospect has landed offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Hawaii, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee and Utah.