QB Tyler Buchner

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La Mesa (Calif.) Helix's Tyler Buchner, a four-star quarterback in the 2021 recruiting class, verbally committed to Notre Dame on March 8, 2019.

QB Tyler Buchner, 6-1, 207; La Mesa (Calif.) Helix

Rivals ranking: Four stars, No. 6 dual-threat quarterback, No. 111 overall.

247Sports ranking: Four stars, No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, No. 88 overall.

Notable numbers: 267-of-402 passing for 4,474 yards and 53 touchdowns with six interceptions while rushing for 1,610 yards and 28 scores on 128 carries in 13 games as a junior last season for La Jolla (Calif.) The Bishop’s School. Helix did not play football this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enrolled early? Yes.

Birthday: Nov. 7, 2002.

First scholarship offer: “UCLA. I got that the summer going into my freshman year.”

Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: “After meeting with (Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy) Rees and all of the staff when I went to the camp (in 2018). That’s when things started to click for me.”

What I’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic: “I’ve learned that life isn’t always fair. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches and fight through some adversity. Not everything is always going to go your way.”

One word to describe Brian Kelly: Passionate.

Best player I’ve played against: “No one that really stands out as notable. I’ve played against the best kids in California, like all of them, but no one really stood out that’s that interesting.”

Most interesting fact about myself: “I’m a pretty good golfer.”

Most embarrassing song on my playlist: “Be Happy” — Dixie D’Amelio.

Most controversial opinion: “Podcasts are better than music before games.”

Dream job (other than the NFL): Football coach.

NFL player comparison: “I would like to be (Kansas City Chiefs quarterback) Patrick Mahomes, but I’d compare myself to (Seattle Seahawks quarterback) Russell Wilson.”

Freshman year expectations: “To improve, get better and learn more about the game of football. I’m expecting to be in a locker room full of hard-working guys who will push me to get better.”

Favorite thing about football: “I love competing, and playing football gets you to compete more than any other sport.”

What’s your best sport other than football? Lacrosse.

Sports idol: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

Preferred social media: Instagram.

Favorite musician/band: Polo G.

Favorite TV show: “Narcos.”

Favorite movie: “Inception.”

Celebrity crush: Kendall Jenner.

How many times have you watched Rudy? Twice.