As published on 247Sports.com written by Tom Loy
247Sports brings Fighting Irish fans a look at one of their future signal-callers headed to South Bend. La Jolla (Calif.) Helix high school five-star quarterback Tyler Buchner is considered one of the truly elite talents in the class of 2021. The 6-2, 205-pounder, a dual-threat gunslinger, chose Notre Dame back on March 8, 2019 over an outstanding list of scholarship offers including Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, USC and many others across the country. As a junior, he completed 267 of 402 passes for 4,474 yards, 53 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He also rushed 128 times for 1,610 yards and 28 more scores.
At the top, please check out the video put together by 247Sports of Buchner from a recent workout with his private quarterbacks coach Danny Hernandez.
With the latest update by 247Sports, Buchner received a slight bump in the rankings and that put him inside the Top30 nationally per the 247Sports Composite Rankings and he received that fifth star. He’s now reflected on those rankings as the No. 29 overall prospect in the country, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the land behind only Washington (DC) Gonzaga five-star quarterback Caleb Williams, who is uncommitted, and Bogart (Ga.) Prince Avenue Christian School five-star quarterback Brock Vandagriff, a Georgia commit, and he is the No. 3 overall talent in the state of California.
A few weeks ago, 247Sports and Irish Illustrated took a look at Buchner and labeled him a potential program-changer for Notre Dame. He’s a special talent and one that could be the player to put the Fighting Irish over the top, as Notre Dame looks to get back on top in college football. Here is what a few 247Sports insiders had to say about the newly-minted five-star recruit.
247Sports National Analyst Greg Biggins — “There’s a lot to like about Buchner apart from just his physical tools on the football field. I love his makeup as a quarterback and a person. We live in a day and age of prima donna, self-entitled athletes thirsting for attention. Kids who will do anything for twitter followers and athletes putting out edits to release their top 20s. Buchner is old school and a throwback for me. He’s so unassuming in how he carries himself. He’s such a humble kid that you can’t help but want to root for him and hope he succeeds. Now saying that, the kid is still a dog and an alpha on the field. He has a killer instinct to him and he’ll compete and try and cut your heart out and I love that as well. He’s build like a truck and plays with a linebacker mentality and that’s his makeup. I’m definitely a huge fan and I’m very excited to see what he can do at the next level. I would be thrilled to see him go out and win a Heisman and I think he has that kind of potential.”
247Sports National Analyst Brandon Huffman— “One of the telltale signs of competitive kids is their willingness to work out, to camp, to show what they can do. A lot of commits will duck the offseason circuit or lay low, and players coming back from injury may try to protect themselves further and stay off the grid until the season starts. Buchner showed right away last spring that he was a competitor and he wasn’t going to do any hiding or ducking. Less than nine months after tearing his ACL, he was in Oakland for the Elite 11 Regional — throwing, impressing, competing. Then he has a monster junior season. He loves the game, he was hungry to be back and competing, and it showed. You see the type of year he had, for a player coming off an injury, there was zero hesitance, zero fear, just him out there battling and competing, back in his comfort zone and making moves.”
247Sports Insider Tom Loy — “I’m going to make one thing clear — Buchner is going to be an absolute baller in college. I’m going to stand on the table, take this stance, and not have any issue doing so. I could be wrong, but nothing I’ve seen makes me think that’ll be the case. I’ve watched the tape, seen the numbers, and spent time around him in person on multiple occasions. The dude has that “it” factor about him that you look for in your quarterbacks, but also in high-level college players. He’s really confident in his ability, is extremely comfortable in the spotlight, and has an edge about him, an alpha personalty on the field, that makes him come across fearless. If he has nerves on the field, he hides it really well. The word special gets thrown around a lot, maybe too often, but that’s the word that pops into my head when I think of how good he could be at the collegiate level.”