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Friday, March 08, 2019 9:00 pm

Notre Dame opens 2021 class with QB commit

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

While the 2020 recruiting class is still in its early stages, Notre Dame has already landed its first commitment from the 2021 class.

Tyler Buchner, a La Jolla, California quarterback, announced his commitment to the Fighting Irish on Friday, choosing Notre Dame over offers from other elite schools, including Michigan, Stanford and USC. He was the first commit of Notre Dame's 2021 class, but he was an important one: a four-star recruit that ranks No. 49 overall in the class (higher than any player in Notre Dame's 2019 group) and is the No. 2 pro-style quarterback, according to 24/7Sports.

Buchner clearly has the physical tools to play college football at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds as a high school sophomore. He tore his ACL midway through his sophomore season and has been rehabbing it, but impressed Notre Dame coaches with his quick release and polished footwork during a visit to South Bend in June 2018.

The highly-touted Buchner grew up in Chicago and was a fan of the Irish as a kid. His commitment gives Notre Dame quarterbacks in the 2020 (four-star Drew Pyne) and 2021 classes, to go along with 2018 commit Phil Jurkovec, who redshirted his first year on campus and is slated to back up Ian Book this season. In other words, the future is bright under center for the Irish, even after Book is gone.

dsinn@jg.net