Whitehouse Quarterback Patrick Mahomes Commits to Texas Tech
Kliff Kingsbury is already making a good impression in Lubbock, and things have already gotten better for Texas Tech, which landed a commitment from Whitehouse star quarterback Patrick Mahomes on Sunday.
Mahomes announced his commitment on Twitter along with a picture of him doing the "Guns Up" with Kingsbury, who is in his first year at the helm at Tech a little more than a decade after graduating as one of the most prolific passers in Red Raiders history.
Mahomes' commitment to the Red Raiders comes as no surprise. Each side has made its affection for the other apparent for some time. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Mahomes recently told ETSN.fm that he was the top quarterback target for the Red Raiders in the 2014 class, which meant a lot to him.
Saturday's spring game also gave Mahomes the opportunity to visit Lubbock with his mother, who did not get a chance to see the campus when he went to the Red Raiders' junior day in February.
Mahomes, a multi-sport standout, confirmed with ETSN.fm via text that Tech will also let him play baseball, specifically in the outfield and at pitcher. In addition to the Tech offer, Mahomes holds football offers from Houston and Rice, the former of which offered less than a week ago. Arizona, Arkansas, and Houston have offered him for baseball.
Many other schools have recruited Mahomes, including Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma State, SMU, and TCU. He's the second Whitehouse player to commit to Texas Tech in the last 13 months, joining receiver Dylan Cantrell. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound pass-catcher committed in March 2012 and signed with Tech in early February following a senior season that saw him catch 66 passes for 1,396 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Mahomes was ETSN.fm's Offensive Newcomer of the Year following a huge junior season, his first as Whitehouse's starting quarterback. Mahomes threw for more than 3,800 yards, 46 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while rushing for six touchdowns for the Wildcats, who went 10-2 with a Class 4A Division II Region II second-round playoff appearance.
Mahomes will be the on-field leader for a talented Whitehouse team in 2013. The Wildcats return their No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 receivers -- Jake Parker, Coleman Patterson, and Jaylon Dews -- as well as their top rusher, Vincent Dunning. Defensively, new head coach Adam Cook will have several players back, including middle linebacker Reggie Long and defensive backs Nate Brooks, Isaiah Burton, Chris Reese, and Justin Dunning, a 6-foot-3, 196-pound sophomore who also attended Saturday's Texas Tech spring game, where he got his first offer.