Midlands Recruiting Notebook (4/16/13)

Some of the latest reported news and recruiting notes from around the Midlands region...

Patrick Mahomes, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback from Whitehouse (Texas) High is very highly recruited. Texas Tech was the first school to extend him an offer, but he has now added offers from Rice and another Big 12 program as well.

"Just got offered by Oklahoma State," Mahomes exclaimed!

Mahomes is currently rated as a Scout.com three-star prospect, the No. 24 QB nationally. As a junior he had some impressive stats, racking up over 4,000 yards of total offense and scoring 52 touchdowns to earn 16-4A Offensive MVP and All-State honors.

Brandon Harris, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback from Bossier City (La.) Parkway High was one of the top arms at the Dallas Elite 11 and again at the Dallas NFTC. He has earned offers from schools across the country, but it was a Midlands school which most recently came calling.

On Tuesday, Baylor offered, joining schools like Arizona State, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Texas A&M, LSU and Ohio State are also showing interest.

Harris is currently rated as a Scout.com 3-star prospect, the No. 23 QB nationally.

As a junior, passed for 2,573 yards and 26 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. He also ran for 667 more and scored twelve times on the ground.

In Dallas, Bryan Adam High defensive back Greg Brown-Freeney picked up an offer from North Dakota, Bishop Dunne offensive tackle Jovan Pruitt added offers from Arkansas and Washington while his teammate Payton Hendrix added a big offer from Stanford.

Brad Lundblade, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound center from Argyle (Texas) Liberty Christian High reported his third offer on Monday evening.

"I just got an offer from Tulane," Lundblade reported.

The Green Wave offer was one that sort of came out of left field for Lundblade, but they now join Tulsa and North Texas as the first two schools to offer him a scholarship.

It's been a busy few days on the commitment front.

On Saturday, Mansfield (Texas) Timberview High safety Brandon Simmons got the ball rolling when he announced that he had "committed to Stanford". The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder had over 40 offers when he pulled the trigger at the Spring Game in Palo Alto, Cali., giving the Cardinal a Scout.com Top 100 prospect on the commit list.

Later on, news was out that Oklahoma had found it's Class of 2014 quarterback, when Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe High 4-star Justice Hansen announced his intentions to sign with the Sooners. Hansen said, "it was a childhood dream of mine to play at Oklahoma". OU did not quit there, two days later it secured a great receiver prospect in Dallis Todd, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder from La Mirada (Cali). High. Todd is rated as a 4-star as well.

Rice has quietly gotten off to a rock solid start in the Class of 2014 and commitments from twin brothers Aston Walter and Austin Walter from Crosby (Texas) High only strengthens their efforts. "Rice just stole two BCS players in Aston and Austin, who just committed to play for them," said Crosby recruiting coordinator D.J. Mann. The two brothers are both speedy and athletic specimens, who could be used in a variety of ways.

Kansas State nailed down a commitment from Lone Star State sleeper prospect C.J. Reese, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman from San Antonio (Texas) Madison High. Reese said, "I had a really good relationship with the coaching staff. We have been talking back and forth, and I just feel like it's the perfect fit for me."

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