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2021 Notre Dame QB Commit Tyler Buchner Named to Elite 11

July 2, 2020

2021 Helix (Calif.) quarterback Tyler Buchner‍ and every signal-caller not named Caleb Williams needed a great week to knock off the five-star prospect at the Elite 11 this week. 

Williams lived up to the hype and won the 2020 Elite 11, but for Buchner, he got the next best thing as he was named to the Elite 11 on Wednesday night. 

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder had a good week and showed he belonged with the nation's top quarterbacks. Buchner was able to show off his big arm and accuracy, but he also showed he could grow in several areas.

You're not going to find a better throw than his 50-yard bomb during his Pro Day workout as it showed the ability to make a difficult throw with ease. 

The next step for Buchner will be to make the easier throws more consistently, which is something that pops out on his junior film. I've watched every snap of his junior year and at times, Buchner missed some routine throws, but would rebound. To play early at Notre Dame, Buchner will need to start taking advantage of those opportunities.

Events such as the Elite 11 are always interesting to see how dual-threat quarterbacks compete. Buchner is a pass-first player, but the 1,610 rushing yards he put up in 2019 show he's extremely dangerous on the ground, which you don't get to see at the Elite 11. 

Buchner wasn't great, but he was good. He showed he belonged, which you haven't always seen from top-ranked dual-threat guys in the past. 

As mentioned, there are things for Buchner to work on and it starts with getting back to more consistent delivery to help get more velocity on the ball so he doesn't push the ball as much as he did this week. 

For a kid like Buchner, I think the Elite 11 can serve as motivation. He's a kid who wants to be the best and he'll be the first to tell you this week wasn't his best, but he'll put in the work to improve, which is a scary thought considering the numbers he put up in 2019. 

My opinion of Buchner didn’t change this week. Notre Dame has one of the most explosive players in the 2021 recruiting class and a quarterback that will push the ball down the field. 

2020 Elite 11
Winner - Caleb Williams 
Tyler Buchner
Kyron Drones
Tyler Macon
Drake Maye
JJ McCarthy
Kyle McCord
Miller Moss
Garrett Nussmeier
Kaidon Salter
Ty Thompson
Brock Vandergriff 

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