Schools Continue Pursuit of Whitehouse’s Patrick Mahomes
Whitehouse multi-sport standout Patrick Mahomes has five spring football game invitations during the next three weeks, but maybe only one school will be fortunate enough to get him on campus.
Mahomes, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback who also is a baseball and basketball standout for the Wildcats, has heard a lot recently regarding football from Houston, which is one of three schools along with Arkansas and Arizona to offer him in baseball.
Houston invited Mahomes to its April 12 spring game, but a District 16-4A home baseball game against Jacksonville will prevent him from attending. LSU, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech have also invited him to spring games.
"All three of them are on the same day (April 20). I think I'm going to Texas Tech, though," Mahomes said.
Texas Tech, which joins Rice as the two schools so far to offer Mahomes for football, has already made an impression on the gunslinger, who attended a junior day in Lubbock.
"They seem the most interested in me and I love their coaching staff," Mahomes said. "My mom didn't get to go last time and she's gonna go with me this time."
Baylor is the other school to invite Mahomes to an upcoming spring game, which is this weekend. He's not sure yet if he will attend.
Baylor and LSU had been schools that Mahomes wanted to hear from a couple of months ago, and he has since received interest from each. Both schools would likely offer the opportunity to play football and baseball, which is important to Mahomes.
"When I talked to (LSU's) quarterbacks coach they said they could probably do that there," Mahomes said. "I'm going to a camp there this summer. If they do end up offering me I figured it'd be in both sports."
Mahomes doesn't want to rush his decision, but would also like to put a commitment behind him so he could concentrate on his senior seasons.
"My plan is to take it as it comes," he said. "I kinda want to go ahead and commit at the end of the (school) year or the summertime so it won't be as bad next year."
Mahomes was the ETSN.fm Football Super Team Newcomer of the Year after posting staggering numbers in his first season as Whitehouse's starting quarterback. He threw for more than 3,800 yards, 46 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while rushing for six more scores as the Wildcats finished 10-2 with a Class 4A Division II Region II second-round playoff appearance.
Mahomes averaged 19.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.0 steals, and 3.4 assists per game for Whitehouse's basketball team, which went 23-9 and reached the playoffs. He's helped Whitehouse to the first-place spot in the 16-4A baseball standings as a pitcher and shortstop.