Whitehouse’s Patrick Mahomes Talks Football + Baseball Recruiting
Patrick Mahomes is a wanted man, and not in only one sport.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior has already received two offers apiece for football and baseball and is hearing from other schools about both sports.
Mahomes holds football offers from Texas Tech and Rice, both of which want him to play quarterback, where he burst onto the scene in 2012 and threw for more than 3,800 yards, 46 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while rushing for six more scores.
On the baseball diamond, he's a talented shortstop, center fielder, and right-handed pitcher. Arkansas and Arizona have already offered him for baseball. There's also early speculation that he could be a high draft pick in the 2014 amateur draft.
But for now, those decisions are many months away. Mahomes is taking the recruiting attention as it comes. He's attending the Feb. 9 Texas Tech junior day and the Feb. 16 SMU junior day. Late Monday night, Texas A&M invited him to its junior day event this coming Sunday.
Playing both sports in college is an obvious draw for the dual-sport star.
"After I got the (football) offer from Tech, I called their (baseball) coach because I had his card from this summer playing baseball. He said he'd be excited for me to come over and play baseball with them," Mahomes said. "He was gonna talk to coach Kingsbury. When I go down for the junior day I'm gonna talk to him, too."
Mahomes said Houston has shown a lot of baseball interest, and he's been in contact with the football coaching staff once. Texas A&M has also shown baseball interest. Patrick said his father -- Pat Mahomes, who is a former Major League Baseball pitcher -- knows Aggie coach Rob Childress from their high school playing days. The elder Mahomes graduated from Lindale and Childress graduated from Harmony.
Mahomes has heard from TCU for football, but he noted not as much since former receivers coach Trey Haverty was hired by Texas Tech, where Haverty has stayed in touch with Mahomes since arriving in Lubbock.
"He kinda kept talking to me (at Tech) and (TCU) just kinda slowed down," Mahomes said. "I want TCU to keep talking to me and hopefully their baseball will come and start talking to me a little bit more, too."
Two more schools that Mahomes would like to hear from intrigue him in football and baseball.
"I wanna hear from LSU, both sports, just because they're so good in both sports. It's kinda close and I know if I go there I'll have a chance at making a good career.
"I want Baylor to kinda get some interest. I'm kinda surprised they haven't said anything yet. Hopefully they'll come out this spring and talk to me a little bit."
Mahomes will be among East Texas' top football recruits in the 2014 class and very likely its best baseball player in that group. Right now, Mahomes leads Whitehouse's basketball team with 19.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.2 steals, and 3.6 assists per game from his wing spot.