High school football: Bingham's No. 1 nationally ranked TE Dalton Schultz commits to Stanford

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  • jazzer St. George, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    I don't think one person in the chat board would choose any of the schools mentioned if Stanford offered you. If you can get accepted on a FULL RIDE scholarship to a prestigious school such as Stanford you would be a dumb not to take it. I do not blame the kid for going there either.


  • Scores Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 19, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    How did the utes ever let this one get away? Shameful!

    Jan. 17, 2014 6:10 p.m.

    Congrats to the young man. As a Utes fan, it was great that he held Utah over schools like Notre Dame, Wisconsin, UCLA and USC, but the decision had already been made a few days before his announcement when Coach Shaw told him that he'd been accepted academically to Stanford. With several TEs already in the NFL, and he being more highly touted than any of them, along with the extremely high academic repute and resources available, I'd shake my head if he made any other decision. Good luck with the Cardinal!

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 4:18 p.m.

    Any decent tight end out of the state of Utah should run from both BYU and Utah, neither runs a tight end friendly offense so why stay here? He could go to USU but the Stanford education is the top reason anyone would go to there. Good luck to Dalton!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    OK for those BYU fans who jumped all over me let me re-clarify what I posted. When it comes to academics BYU is on par or better than Utah in several schools of study (finance comes to mind). BYU is a very, very good academic school. But there are not a lot of non-LDS, high skilled athletes or students, that will go to BYU because of their unusual standards and values. That's just a fact. As far as the 2 football programs, BYU is not on par with the Utes and the seperation is growing. The entrance to the PAC 12 cemented the deal and whether or not the UTES will ever actaully win a title (doubtful) they'll get significantly more athletes, better football players, than BYU. That's what I meant by a better program.

  • Rob of NV Las Vegas, NV
    Jan. 17, 2014 2:53 p.m.

    Coach Peck said what?, "does he take one of these other schools that are high-profile, nationally-ranked teams that have great national recognition?" Ouch! Guess he does not figure Utah to be any of these, even though they are in the Pac 12. He must have missed the game were Utah beat Stanford. Utah has some work to do to change their image, if that is at all possible. Utes are in a touch situation to compete against the other schools in the Pac 12, perhaps even in a no-win situation.

  • kfbob SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 2:07 p.m.

    Looking at the College earning rankings (ROI) Here are the rankings:

    10. Stanford
    82. BYU
    327. Utah

    The comment about Utah grads at low paying jobs has some serious truth to it. Now flipping burgers? probably not too many there but don't expect a big pay day unless you are one of the lucky couple 100 that can get into U of U medical school. However, the U likes to bring in out of state students for the medical school, and a lot of foreigners, so getting in is not easy for native Utahns. For the other 28K undergrads don't expect to make a lot of money with that U diploma.

  • BYU>utah Provo, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 2:04 p.m.

    Now, utah knows (in a small degree) how it feels to lose a top notch player. BYU was a finalist in the Jabari Parker sweepstakes and was second to Oregon in getting Haloti Ngata and second to ND in getting Manti Te'O. Welcome to the club, but in a much smaller degree.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 1:03 p.m.


    ....."Alabama had no desire to be in that game and had several players either hurt or suspended,"

    Let's see, Mark Ingram played running back in that game. He won the Heismann the following year. He now plays for the Saints in the NFL. Julio Jones played wide receiver in that game. He now plays for the Falcons in the NFL. John Parker Wilson was their starting QB when they were ranked number 1 for six weeks during the season and he started in that game. No desire to be in that game? How about in the second half when Alabama came within one touch down of tying the score. They kicked off to Utah and pulled out all the stops to force a three and out and get the ball back. Instead, Utah goes on an 80 yard drive and goes up again by two touch downs. And Alabama had no desire to be in that game. Right.

  • Protecting This House Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 12:48 p.m.


    "When a person has to go back a decade or more in an attempt to validate their team, that's not a good sign."

    True. Now share that sentiment with your fellow cougie fan, Jakarus, who referenced your disputable NC (more than three decades ago).

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 12:33 p.m.

    @ Protecting This House:

    There is a huge difference between belonging to a "conference of champions" and being competitive in one. Right now, considering Utah's last few seasons, you probably shouldn't try bragging too much. When a person has to go back a decade or more in an attempt to validate their team, that's not a good sign.

    The Utes will eventually come back again. But that time isn't yet. Probably not even next season. But when they eventually do (and they will), it will be fun for everyone but the hardest core BYU fans. It's fun for most of us whenever any local team brings positive attention to our state.

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    What does it matter whether he is LDS or not? BYU has had some great players who weren't LDS when they went to BYU. A Heisman Trophy winner comes to mind as well as some "punky QB" who I was a big fan of in Chicago. So please quit using religion as an excuse. FYI I converted to the LDS Church 6 months ago so I'm not a Utah fan bashing BYU. I'm a long time Utah resident who is sick of the constant bickering.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Jan. 17, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    @Protecting This House
    How about a National Championship? Got one of those? LOL Oh and here comes the.... It was against a pathetic Michigan team, or it was how many years ago?? Well how long ago were those "BCS" games? almost 10 years now. And Alabama had no desire to be in that game and had several players either hurt or suspended, Mount Cody one of them. If the Utes would have been without Kruger in that game it would have also been a lot different on defense. More recently I can remember two no bowl shows. and dwelling in the Pac basement, but keep touting that mighty conference affiliation just like SEC fans. You would think Dalton would jump all over going to the U with all those accolades you just tried to point out.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    @ Protecting This House:

    You've finally figured it out with that great "sniffer" of yours. You've decided that anyone who isn't a Ute fan just has to be an undeclared BYU fan. Wow. More paranoia. Are you and Chris B cousins?

    @ FT:

    Gotta any stats to back up any of your claims? I didn't think so.

    How is the only division 1 college team in the state who finished with a losing record and didn't go to a bowl game (again) a better school with better athletes? You just received the Weird Statement of the Week award. Your prize is more lost credibility.

    @ William Wallace:

    You immediately start hounding BYU fans about commenting, and yet you were the first to mention BYU in a comment. More paranoia? Some people can hardly wait to start mixing it up.

    BTW: Along with several other schools besides Stanford and Utah, BYU was mentioned in the article.

    @ MyPerspective:

    It's doubtful Utah "let a good one get away". He didn't even bother taking his Utah on-campus visit this coming weekend before choosing Stanford.

    It is frustrating when some our state's best athletes choose to go out of state.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 11:31 a.m.

    Congrats young man! Go make the state proud!

    BYU fans, I don't think your school was even in consideration... Your many insecurities are so very apparent on these blogs. Take a deep breath, worry about your own school, and you might just live a little longer.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Jan. 17, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    Congrats to Dalton, he's a great kid and will be an outstanding player at Stanford, wish him all the best!! Go MINERS!!

  • Protecting This House Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 10:16 a.m.


    Who's your team? We can all tell a bandwagon "fan" when we smell one, so no lies! (You really cheer for Weber State! That's it, right?)

    As far as Utes Football is concerned, 2 BCS bowl appearances and two BCS bowl victories, two undefeated seasons, and 9 straight bowl games in the modern era had a little something to do with the Utes belonging in the Conference of Champions. (And we're not even talking about their undergraduate programs.) Not blue with envy, but it sounds like you have something similar.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    Why no the Byu?

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    "Utes will lose this battle most times with most kids just as BYU will lose most kids to Utah if given a choice. Better school, better football program means more quality athletes."

    Now that's a prime example of an epic failure at commenting. Your comparison with Stanford is correct but when you can demonstrate without question where Utah is either a better school or has a better football program than any other school in the state then you might be onto something. Pretty sure Utah State would have something to offset that remark and definitely BYU would as their program is not inferior to Utah's.

    Best wishes to Dalton as he has made a choice that will benefit him through life.

  • Gunner South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 9:40 a.m.

    "What is truly irrational? The mindset running rampant in happy valley." Like the mindset up on the hill that they actually belong in a conference that they can't win more than 2 games in. U of U, the Rutgers of the Pac 12. Oh wait, Rutgers actually made it to a bowl game! This coming from a Non BYU fan.

  • SamoanYfan WEST JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 9:31 a.m.


    Please share these logical reasons. I'm pretty sure they sound just as irrational as any other negative views about any rival program in the country.

  • SamoanYfan WEST JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 9:26 a.m.


    Just like you said, "some" BYU fans. Lets keep it at "some" and not assume everyone of us think that.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    As a life long Ute, this is a no brainer. Football aside, you go to Stanford if you can afford it. Utes will lose this battle most times with most kids just as BYU will lose most kids to Utah if given a choice. Better school, better football program means more quality athletes. Good luck Dalton!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 9:12 a.m.


    ".......Utah was only in his top two because he grew up a Ute fan."

    Wait a minute. Some BYU fans claim that no one grows up wanting to play for Utah. Something has to give.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    Big 12 Call Yet? said "Narrowed his list down to Stanford, Utah, and Notre Dame, eliminating lesser programs much earlier in the process." Yeah... lesser programs like Oklahoma, USC, Nebraska, Wisconsin etc (Sarcasm). You Ute fans are silly. Utah was only in his top two because he grew up a Ute fan. He wanted Stanford all along but wanted to be nice to the school he grew up cheering for. BYU was not considered for two reasons 1. He grew up a Ute fan and thus probably has an irrational hatred for BYU, and 2. Honestly, BYU has been doing a horrible job at utilizing their tight ends recently. As a BYU fan, I admit that a top tight end would be correct to steer clear of BYU at the moment unless they are a lifelong BYU fan or think they are good enough to force Anae to utilize them more. I hope BYU can turn that around soon. Anyway, good luck to this kid at Stanford. He made an excellent decision.

  • Fahrvergnugen Provo, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:44 a.m.


    Dalton is a) a die-hard Ute fan and b) not Mormon. The probability is pretty high that his decision to ignore BYU has nothing to do with the program. Doesn't seem weird to me at all.

  • @Charles not from utah, 00
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    wow...a nice article about a nice young man and all anyone can do is "slam" the other side? No wonder our world is in a mess. Is this a 1st world issue?

    Let's raise the level of our discussions folks.

    Good luck Dalton!

  • adwight AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 8:21 a.m.

    BYU never really had a chance with Dalton. Dalton is not a Mormon and I don't think anyone expected him to even look there.

  • SamoanYfan WEST JORDAN, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 7:58 a.m.

    As a BYU fan Im kinda glad he didn't choose to go there simply because BYU doesn't utilize their TE's like they use to. Stanford is a great fit for this kid, I'm excited to see him play.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 16, 2014 11:34 p.m.

    Cougar Blue 1
    I guess playing for three offensive coordinators didn't seem that intriguing. That's weird.


    Nor playing with the next Steve Young down south. Wait you guys were never in the discussion, that's weird for a legacy program with a national brand.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 16, 2014 11:28 p.m.

    Disappointed but I wish him well, Stanford is a great school.

    Utah still has commits from 3 of the top 5 in state recruits accordingly to rivals.

    Go UTES!

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 11:18 p.m.

    BYU used to be one of the top programs for tight ends ... until last few years when they don't use them that much. Even with Anae's offense, tight ends are rarely, if ever, used, and yet they prove very effective in BYU wins. So blame Bronco and Anae for letting Dalton get away, especially in letting Hill run instead of passing.

  • William Wallace OGDEN, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 11:17 p.m.

    And the BYU fans say Utah fans are bitter and always on the boards about BYU articles. Here is a great article about a great young man, who now has a chance to play and get an education at Stanford. What part of this article was about BYU? Congratulations on a truly great accomplishment. Good luck at Stanford.
    Go Utes!

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    The Utes let a good one get away. Welcome to the Pac-12, young man...it will be fun to watch you play! Best of luck at Stanford and we'll see you when you visit RES in two years!

  • Cougar Blue 1 Henderson , NV
    Jan. 16, 2014 9:07 p.m.

    I guess playing for three offensive coordinators didn't seem that intriguing. That's weird.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Jan. 16, 2014 9:00 p.m.

    At Denver to Kamas

    Don't sell Stanford short, it's actually a pretty good school.

  • Denver to Portland Portland, OR
    Jan. 16, 2014 8:36 p.m.

    Choosing between Stanford and Utah is like trying to decide what job offer to take between flipping patties at Dairy Queen or be the CEO of a Fortune 500. Hmmm...

  • Old ball coach1 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 8:05 p.m.

    Hmmm... Stanford or Utah.....good choice!

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Jan. 16, 2014 8:05 p.m.

    Choosing Stanford over Utah is a no-brainer.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 16, 2014 7:52 p.m.


    At least Utah was in the final 2...your was never even truly in the picture.

    I would never fault anyone for choosing a Stanford education, even if it means Utah loses a quality football player. Congrats and best wishes, Dalton.

  • Big 12 Call Yet? Ogden, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 7:47 p.m.

    Narrowed his list down to Stanford, Utah, and Notre Dame, eliminating lesser programs much earlier in the process.

    Hard to argue with his decision.

    Welcome to the Pac 12!

    We'll be cheering for you, except when we play(and beat) your Stanford team!

  • oldtimeftballer Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 7:08 p.m.

    Seriously...why would he want to go to Utah with the state their program is in right now?

    Take the emotion out of it and it is a no brainer. Better school. Top 10 Program. Better upside. Unfortunately, until Utah can be a top tier elite team, they will continue to lose the recruits elsewhere in the PAC.

    Good luck Mr Shultz.