On the same day that potential Texas Longhorns quarterback target Shea Patterson decommitted from Arizona, the Horns extended a 2016 quarterback offer to Arlington Lamar's Shane Buechele:
Just Received my 5th offer from the University of Texas! #HookEm— Shane Buechele (@BGShaneBuechele) July 28, 2014
The 6'2, 180-pound quarterback at Texas State 7-on-7 several weeks ago that he thought the Horns might be close to extending an offer after he worked out at a June summer camp and was also a visitor at the recent Under The Lights camp, an indication of his interest in the program.
An early consensus four-star prospect, Buechele has a good athletic pedigree as the son of former major league baseball player Steve Buechele. He's ranked as the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback nationally, the No. 41 player in Texas, and the No. 283 player overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
With offers from Kentucky, Oklahoma, TCU, and Texas Tech in addition to his new offer from Texas, Buechele is one of the hottest quarterback prospects in the Lone Star State for 2016.
His family connections could end up playing a role in his recruitment -- his father went to Stanford and although the younger Buechele hasn't heard much from the Cardinal yet, he does have interest. Perhaps more importantly, both of his older brothers played baseball at Oklahoma, so he likely has a strong familiarity with that program.
As a prospect, one of the more interesting things about the offer for Buechele is that the 6'2 listing for his height is a generous one -- he profiles as a player a little bit shorter than quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson has seemingly preferred with his other offers at the position.
However, the fact that he is considered a dual-threat prospect, has a reported 4.68 40 time, and ran for just over 350 yards last year provides some value above that which he provides in the pocket. In college, he doesn't project as a player who will receive a great deal of designed runs, but he can make defenses pay for collapsing too hard on the running back on the zone read, with the capability of using his quickness to pick up significant positive yardage.
He also has surprising strength for his size -- he can get behind his pads and break some tackles, showing good balance in the process.
And though the arm strength for Buechele is not elite, he can throw on the run after moving in the pocket, has good touch downfield, and does have enough arm to push the ball vertically when necessary. In fact, throwing the ball with good touch is perhaps his greatest attribute. Mechanically, he might not be as refined as former Longhorn Connor Brewer was at the same stage, but Buechele looks a bit similar with his touch and has better athleticism.
When Buechele needs to fit the ball into tight windows, he does have the capability of putting significant zip on the football to avoid closing defenders, so he's not facing any limitations there. More impressively, with a 1.16 interception rate as a sophomore, he was good at avoiding turnovers through the air with only two in 172 attempts.