2021 QB Tyler Buchner Commits To Notre Dame
For the fourth straight season, Notre Dame has kicked off its recruiting class with one of the nation’s premier signal callers, landing San Diego (Calif.) The Bishop’s School quarterback Tyler Buchner as the first commitment of the 2021 class.
Buchner was identified as a top target in the class following his freshman season. That summer he traveled to South Bend in order to throw for the Irish coaches, who were so impressed with Buchner that they offered him a scholarship soon after.
Even after the talented passer went down with a season-ending knee injury in the first game of his sophomore season, Notre Dame quarterbacks coach Tom Rees and offensive coordinator Chip Long remained hot on Buchner’s trail.
He visited South Bend on Sept. 29 to watch the Irish take on Stanford. That 38-17 victory over the Cardinal impressed Buchner, who returned to South Bend the weekend of February 23rd for his third visit to Notre Dame’s campus.
Notre Dame landed Rivals100 quarterback Phil Jurkovec to kick off the 2018 class, and Cade McNamara was the first commitment of the 2019 class. Jurkovec is a rising sophomore on the Irish roster while McNamara eventually decommitted and signed with Michigan. Notre Dame's first pick up in the 2020 class was Rivals100 passer Drew Pyne.
Buchner is the second quarterback from California to sign with Notre Dame since head coach Brian Kelly arrived, with Ian Book (2016 class) being the other native of the Golden State to pick the Irish.
The Bishop’s School standout had offers from Alabama, Georgia, USC, Oregon, Michigan, Nebraska, Washington State, UCLA, Utah, Arizona, Arizona State and TCU. He also earned early offers from Columbia, Yale and Pennsylvania, evidence of his strong academic background.