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Texas Longhorns offer 2016 QB Shane Buechele
Recruiting at the position in 2016 is starting to take shape.
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.
Key DT target Du'Vonta Lampkin commits to the Texas Longhorns
The Horns have their first 2015 defensive tackle.
For the second time in two days, the Texas Longhorns picked up a key commitment at a position of need, as Houston Cy Falls defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin pledged to the Horns in a ceremony on Monday afternoon.
Verbally Committed to the University Of Texas. #HOOKEM #40ACRES
— Du'vonta Lampkin (@DeeChilllin) July 28, 2014
Texas for Lampkin. pic.twitter.com/aE9jOGOLgO
— Dustin McComas (@DMcComasOB) July 28, 2014
The consensus three-star prospect chose Texas over finalists LSU and Oklahoma. A previous commitment to the Sooners lasted from late November of 2013 to late April of this year.
A decision had been planned for the fall and Lampkin even set up an official visit to Texas for early September, but he changed his plans following a recent trip to Austin for the Under The Lights at which he declared the Horns to be his leader.
At the time of Lampkin's commitment, the Horns had a sizable lead in his 247Sports Crystal Ball projections over the Sooners at 85% to 15%.
Lampkin also held offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, Michigan, Mississippi State, MIssouri, North Texas, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma State.
Landing Lampkin was an important addition for Texas because the Horns have only signed two defensive tackles combined in the last two classes and missed on in-state targets Daylon Mack and Kingsley Keke, both of whom have committed to Texas A&M.
Unfortunately, the Cy Falls product doesn't profile as a difference-maker in college because of his average athleticism for his size, but he could become a rotation player if he can maximize his potential.
At 6'3 and 291 pounds, Lampkin has ideal size for the position and isn't far from a weight where he could contribute as a nose tackle if the coaches feel he doesn't have enough gap-penetrating ability to play there. Additionally, he also has the strength to hold up at the point of attack to make such a move feasible.
Heading into his senior season, his athleticism may be a bit underrated by 247Sports, which rates him four out of 10 in that category. While his quickness off the ball is hardly equal to that possessed by Mack, he does show decent get-off, lateral quickness, and can make plays against the wide receiver screen game.
Since Lampkin spent a lot of time last season playing defensive end for Cy Falls, so he may have a bit of an adjustment in college as he moves inside full time and will also need to work on a signature pass-rushing move if he is going to be a disruptive player, as well as work on his punch to hit and separate.
When he does bring his hands and gets extension, he can be difficult for opponents to deal with him.
Along with becoming the first defensive tackle pledged in the class for Texas, Lampkin is also the 14th overall in the 2015 class. In the 247Sports Composite team rankings, Texas remains at No. 16, but narrowed the gap with Ohio State.