BREAKING | 2021 Four-Star QB Tyler Buchner Commits To Notre Dame

March 8, 2019

It’s never too early to land a quality quarterback and that’s exactly what Notre Dame did as Tyler Buchner‍ has committed to the Irish and becomes the first commitment in the 2021 recruiting class. 

The Bishop’s School (Calif.) quarterback was made a priority at Notre Dame’s Junior Day in February as Buchner has always had his eye on Notre Dame since earning an offer at camp in June.

The La Jolla native had several questions entering the visit but Notre Dame answered every question from the football program, campus life and the classroom.

“I wanted to see if what they told me checked out and if everything was consistent, and it really did,” said Buchner. “I heard the same things from the players, the coaches and even the students. It was so consistent and everyone had the same message for me. That was legit. It was huge for me.”

Buchner was also able to pick the brains of Notre Dame quarterbacks Ian Book and Phil Jurkovec during his visit. The two quarterbacks were upfront about the expectations and pressures that come with being the quarterback at Notre Dame and Buchner was sold he could handle it.

“We were just hanging out as friends,” stated Buchner. “I asked them ‘What is it like to be the quarterback at Notre Dame?’ and the message I got was that you get all of the fame and all of the blame. You get too much credit for the wins and too much credit for the losses. They ran me through that and told me about what it’s all like, so now I have a good idea of what it’s all like.”

Quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees led the charge to land Buchner and the two have built a strong relationship over the last eight months, but it was Notre Dame’s belief in him following tearing his ACL in the fall that made the biggest impression.

“It shows they have faith in me and even after my injury,” Buchner explained. “It shows what type of program and people are at Notre Dame. It speaks highly of them. It’s only a positive.” 

The former Michigan lacrosse commit has worked hard to put the injury behind him as he’s ahead of schedule and already going through throwing workouts. 

“I’m able to throw and do almost everything throwing wise,” stated Buchner. “My rehab is going well and I’m ahead of schedule. I’m running, jumping and I’m close to getting back to normal.” 

When it comes to the football field, The Bishop’s School offensive coordinator Danny Mitchell raves about Buchner’s football IQ and ability to get his team in the right play. 

“His greatest attribute, which I think is very underplayed because of how athletic he is, would be his mind,” explained Mitchell. “He’s not a kid. I’ve gotten to coach college football and professional football. He reminds me of those type of guys because he’s so far ahead of guys his age. 

“He’s 16 years old, but he understands the game like a 26-year-old. It makes it really easy as a coach because you have a guy with a mind like that on the field. Your whole role as a coach is not to screw him up. He’s going to make you look right most of the time.” 

The four-star prospect doesn’t have a bad arm either. 

“Tyler’s athleticism is just phenomenal. When you see the ball come out of his hand, it’s special. I played quarterback and thrown three million more passes than him, but I will never be able to throw a football like he does. 

“He’s a special talent.” 

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