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Recruiting on the South Plains | 2014 QB Patrick Mahomes Commits to Texas Tech

Mahomes is the second of four players that committed to Texas Tech over the weekend.

 Patrick Dangerfield plays for the Adelaide Crows.
Patrick Dangerfield plays for the Adelaide Crows.
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PLAYER: Patrick Mahomes

POSITION: Quarterback
HEIGHT: 6'3"
HIGH SCHOOL: Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.7 | Scout | ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 87
VTM PROFILE DATE: April 24, 2013

OFFERS | Houston, Oklahoma St., Rice and Texas Tech.

STATS | As a junior, Mahomes completed 237 of 418 passes for 56.7%, 3,839 yards, 46 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Mahomes also rushed 107 times for 258 yards and 6 touchdowns. As a sophomore, Mahomes played safety and had 33 tackles, 5 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. I think Mahomes safety-playing-days are behind him.

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | First things first, is that Mahomes said that he'll have the opportunity to play football and baseball at Texas Tech, in particular play in the outfield and pitch, as confirmed by the DMN:

"I know the baseball coaches and football coaches have talked to each other and got a schedule worked out. They told me I’d be a pitcher and play in the outfield. It sounds like it’s going to be a good deal and I liked that both staffs would let me play both sports. They’re on the same page and that’s a good deal for me."

Mahomes attended Texas Tech's spring game and talked with the LAJ where he had this to say about Texas Tech's coaching staff:

"I just love the coaching staff and how they kind of treat you like you are one of their own," Mahomes said. "They love being there and will probably be there for a long time. The program is on the rise and the campus life is awesome. It just felt right."

Much like Davis Webb did last year, Mahomes will likely help the coaching staff recruit other possible players:

"I want to bring in KD Cannon," Mahomes said, referring to a Mount Pleasant wide receiver who is ranked among the top 10 recruits in Texas. "He’s from that East Texas area, too. I’ve played a game against him and I know him pretty well. I met several other guys at the game and I’ll be talking to them, too."

Sounds good.

SCOUTING REPORT | If last year was Mahomes' first year to play quarterback, he's going to be pretty good. Not the best completion percentage, but when you watch the film, you absolutely see the direction that head coach Kliff Kingsbury is headed. You can thank your lucky stars that Neal Brown recruited both Michael Brewer and Davis Webb, both being similar in terms of mobility.

Mahomes has that. He is elusive, he is able to run into traffic and because of his size, he's pretty much unscathed. Mahomes has a rocket for an arm and is able to launch the ball down the field. I think that Mahomes biggest item to refine will be mechanics. He's a bit sloppy, will throw off the back foot and isn't consistent in how he sets up in his passes, but that will come with time.

It is interesting to see that the pure drop-back passer that Kliff was as a collegian is not his vision. For some reason I find that fascinating. I also think that Mahomes is obviously not as explosive an a player like Johnny Manziel, but he's similar in that Mahomes' escapability is readily apparent and a big part of what Mahomes does on the field.

Patrick, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!