Shane Buechele Talks Longhorns Commitment

Four-star QB Shane Buechele goes in-depth with HornsDigest about his Longhorns commitment.

HD: Take us through your decision to commit to Texas and the timing behind it.

Buechele:

“It was a lot of thinking on my part. I’ve done a lot of thinking the last couple of weeks after the trip I took this last month down there. I just really felt comfortable with the school and the coaching staff. I got to talk to a couple of players that were on visits there and I just really like the players. It couldn’t have been a better trip.”

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HD: When did you visit UT?

Buechele:

“I don’t know the exact date but I think it was the end of January. It was for me and my family to go down there.”

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HD: What did Shawn Watson say about why he offered you so early and what he likes about your game?

Buechele:

“I went to the camp this summer and I think he saw my leadership, leading the camp, leading my position drills. I was always first in line. I think that was a big thing. Arm strength, accuracy and that part was big too. But he really liked my leadership skills.”

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HD: Your speed can be pretty deceptive. Is that a big part of your game?

Buechele:

“They consider me as a dual threat guy but I’m a passer first. I like making plays with my arm. Whenever the pocket collapses I am able to make plays with my legs. I always kind of liked running. I was a running back in fifth grade. I think that helped a lot. Just being able to do both [pass and run] I think really helps me on the field.”

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HD: What is your 40-yard dash time?

Buechele:

“Mid 4.6.

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HD: Do you feel like your one of those guys that might not test off the charts in say the 40-yard dash, but is somehow quicker when you put the pads on?

Buechele:

“I think I may be a little deceptively quick. Obviously the defense doesn’t think a quarterback can out-run them. It takes me a little while to get going, but once I get out around 10 yards I can get up there.

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HD: How much did you talk to your family about this decision, especially with your ties to OU? Buechele’s two sister are at OU and his brother played baseball for the Sooners.

Buechele:

“I talked to my dad a lot for this decision and he obviously just told me to do what’s best for me. My siblings were the exact same. My two sisters and two brothers just said to do what was best for me and that they were going to follow me throughout this journey. For me, Texas was that pick.

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HD: Did any of them jokingly give you a hard time about it?

Buechele:

“Joking, they did. One of them was like ‘I don’t think I’ll be able to wear the burnt orange.’ But overall they were happy for me.”

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HD: Was it important for you to get this decision out of the way to help Texas recruit other players in 2016?

Buechele:

“Making this decision, I wasn’t doing it just to get it out of the way. I was honestly ready to make this decision in picking Texas. But also, by committing so early I can also try to get some people along and try to do some recruiting for sure.”

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HD: Were the Sooners second, so to speak, in this process?

Buechele:

“OU was up there. In the last two weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about it and Texas really separated itself. OU was up there but if I was going to commit it was only going to be to Texas.”

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HD: Will you be an early enrollee?

Buechele:

“I haven’t decided on that yet. I still need to talk with my family about it.”

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HD: Will you make it to Texas’ Junior Day this weekend?

Buechele:

“I won’t. I have a baseball tournament.”

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HD: Do you know when you’ll be able to make it down next?

Buechele:

“I’m not for sure yet. The next couple of weeks I’ll be busy with my baseball schedule. But hopefully I’ll be able to make it down there soon.”

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HD: I know it’s a long way away from you stepping foot on campus as an official member of Texas’ program, but have you put any thought into how you envision your freshman year playing out?

Buechele:

“Being a quarterback, you obviously want to play as fast as you can. But I’m going to do what Coach Watson wants. If he wants me to redshirt my freshman year then have a chance to start that next year, then I’m going to do that. He hasn’t told me anything with me as for as playing time. I’ll figure it out when I get there.”

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HD: What has Watson told you about the new offense that you can share with us?

Buechele:

“I didn’t really talk to him too much about it and he told me to keep some things between us. But the biggest things is leadership. Just coming in and trying to be a leader and do what’s right for the team.”

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Buechele’s Junior Highlights:

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