Texas lands pledge from son of former major leaguer

Texas landed a high-profile quarterback for its Class of 2016, as Shane Buechele pledged to the Longhorns on Monday night. The 6-2, 185-pound dual-threat from Lamar High School (Arlington, TX) is the son of former Major League Baseball player Steve Buechele, who is now the bench coach of the Texas Rangers and was a former roommate of John Elway at Stanford.

Charlie Strong and his staff were going after a number of signal-callers in the 2016 class, but Buechele ultimately felt comfortable committing to the in-state 'Horns. It is a nice "get" for the program, especially since Buechele's older siblings either attend or attended Oklahoma. But his several visits to the Austin campus obviously paid off.

Buechele is a consensus four-star prospect who is considered one of the better dual-threats in the country. He held offers from programs such as California, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and TCU. He threw for 2,504 yards and 30 touchdowns against just six interceptions while rushing for 609 yards and seven more scores during his junior year. He completed over 68 percent of his passes and is known for his good decision-making.

This past recruiting cycle, Texas brought in Kai Locksley, who is more of a developmental passer. So it was essential that the 'Horns find a more polished passer for the 2016 class.

Of course, the Longhorns have not been able to find consistency at the position since Colt McCoy graduated in 2010. David Ash suffered a career-ending injury last year, leading to Tyrone Swoopes taking over. Jerrod Heard redshirted last year and will compete with Swoopes this spring.

Texas now has four pledges in the 2016 class.

Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.