The Texas Longhorns are trying to rebuilding their football program under head coach Charlie Strong.
So far, it has been a slow process, but the Longhorns do have plenty of talent coming into their program , the 2016 recruiting class and one of those talented pieces is four-star quarterback commit Shane Buechele.
Last season at Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas, Buechele put together a very solid all-around year. He threw for 2,492 yards, 31 touchdowns and only threw six interceptions. Throughout his high school career he has also shown the ability to use his athleticism and speed to make plays with his legs.
Strong hasn’t had a legitimate starting quarterback since taking over the Texas job, and the hope is that Buechele can come in and be that guy for them.
It isn’t going to be easy for the Longhorns to turn things around in two or three years, but adding a quarterback capable of leading the way is a huge step in the right direction.
Buechele is very confident in his ability to be that guy for Texas and he will head into Austin next year looking to prove that point.
In the meantime, it is all about improving in his final high school season and working on the little things that will take him to the next level.
Buechele took the time to speak with Campus Sports for an exclusive interview and we hope that you enjoy it and begin following him as he looks to take his talents to the next level.
He made it very clear immediately that joining the Longhorns was not all about football, and he is excited about the academics that the school has to offer as well.
“Texas is a great school in general,” Buechele said. “From the academics to the athletics, it’s an all-around great school and without question the best fit for me.”
Next up was a very tough question for any player to answer, and that was who he would compare his game to at the NFL level. Buechele’s answer was very confident and his comparison was to the best quarterback in the league right now.
“It’s hard to compare yourself with such great quarterbacks, but if I were to try I would say Aaron Rodgers with how he can create plays for himself and his teammates with both his arm and legs,” he noted.
“I would describe my game as very passionate and competitive. I love having the football in my hands and love being able to make plays with my arm, but I’m more than capable of creating plays with my feet as well.”
Every single athlete that has committed to a school has high hopes and goals for their collegiate career, and Buechele was happy to share what he wants to do during his career with the Longhorns.
“My goals personally are to make a positive impact on the game as much as possible with leadership and playing ability. My team goals are to try and get the Texas Longhorns back to where they were,” Buechele said. “It will happen naturally with the coaching staff they have, and with coach Strong leading the team.”
While Buechele is a very fierce competitor on-the-field, he has a change of gear off-the-field and is a laid back guy.
“I’m a pretty calm, laid back person. I really enjoy being with my family when we are all together, but if I’m not with them I’m either with my friends throwing the football around or just relaxing when I have the time off.”
Obviously the Longhorns and their fans should begin getting excited about Buechele’s future. He has the potential to become something special, and the maturity to keep himself grounded and continues to work hard on his game.
Buechele closed out the interview with a short and sweet statement to the Texas fan base: “I can’t wait to be in Austin and play behind the best fans in the nation! Hook ’em!”
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Twitter/Elite 11