At the risk of redundancy, Texas Longhorns quarterback commit Shane Buechele continues to show out at Nike World Headquarters. Now he's doing it during the first day of 7-on-7 action at The Opening, all while entering the day as the continued leader among Elite 11 Finalists:
Performing well in the various drills and tests administered by the Elite 11 staff is one thing, but if a quarterback can't make plays in live situations, nothing else matters. So consider Buechele a gamer because he held up in facing the stiffest competition of his career in going against the other elite athletes invited to Oregon, throwing for three touchdowns on three drives during the fist half of one game in pool play.
The footage from earlier in the week showed Buechele zipping passes down the seam with the arm strength he acquired from his father, 10-year Major League veteran Steve Buechele. On Thursday, several cips show Buechele changing speed and throwing passes with more touch, putting them exactly where his receivers could make the best play on the ball:
As he's done all week, Buechele out-competed the consensus No. 3 recruit in the country -- five-star pro-style passer Jacob Eason, according to SB Nation's own Bud Elliott. Look for him to get significant playing time as his team moves out of pool play tomorrow if his coach opts to narrow the quarterback rotation from three to two or one.
Now, does all this mean that the Arlington Lamar product is in the running for a fifth star? There's been some buzz about that over the last several days with Buechele remaining atop the Elite 11 leaderboard, but although he may receive a justified ratings bump because of his play, it takes seriously elite tools for a quarterback of his height to receive the highest rating possible.
Sure, Texas A&M signee Kyler Murray is shorter than Buechele, but he's also significantly faster and possesses better arm talent than Buechele -- the Texas commit simply isn't on the same plane as a prospect.
However, the positive is that Buechele will come out of high school as the most polished Longhorns quarterback signee since Connor Brewer in 2012 and a remarkably safe take at a notoriously difficult position to evaluate.