Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz will leave Stanford to enter the NFL Draft, he announced Tuesday.
“I will forgo my final season of eligibility at Stanford and will be pursuing my childhood dream of playing in the NFL. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my experience at Stanford. It’s been one hell of a ride on The Farm,” Schultz wrote in a tweet thread announcing his departure. “The growth and opportunities Stanford has afforded me are innumerable. I’ll cherish these memories and experiences forever. I am blessed to have this opportunity, and very excited for the future.”
A native of South Jordan, Utah, Schultz was an All-Pac-12 performer in 2017 after catching 22 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. The fourth-year junior hauled in 23 grabs for 222 yards and one score in 2016, and snared 10 receptions for 121 yards and one score in ’15.
The loss of Schultz doesn’t figure to dampen Stanford’s tight end prospects for next season, as sophomore Kaden Smith matched Schultz’s 23 receptions but gained 414 yards and five touchdowns.