Mahomes a rising QB to watch

Whitehouse, Texas 2014 prospect Patrick Mahomes is proving he is one to watch.

One of the top teams in east Texas this season is the Whitehouse Wildcats. The Wildcats finished their regular season last week with a 9-1 record and will begin their quest for the Texas Class 4A Division II championship this Friday as they battle 8-2 Ennis.

The Wildcats feature one of the most explosive offenses in the state averaging 464 yards per game. Much of that comes via the passing game as they average 344 yards.

Holding the reigns of the potent offense that has helped Whitehouse enjoy a successful season thus far is 2014 quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

"We're having a really great season, we actually lost our first game last week to John Tyler, who is No. 2 in the state in 4A," he said. "We were actually up on them 24-0 and they came back and beat us. Other than that we've been playing some great football."

Mahomes, who played a few games on the varsity and all of his sophomore season at safety, has opened a lot of eyes in his first year as a starter throwing for 3,061 yards and 37 touchdowns. Although his team lost to John Tyler last week, he torched the Lion secondary to the tune of 435 yards and 4 touchdowns.

"I actually started off the year splitting time at quarterback and I've come out of some games early but I've done way better than I thought I would," Mahomes said. "I'm not playing any safety anymore; I'm playing quarterback all the way now."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound signal caller gives the credit to his stock of playmaking receivers, led by Texas Tech commit Dylan Cantrell.

"Dylan is great to have because he's so big out there but our whole corp of receivers are real good," he said. "Other than Dylan we have three juniors and the lowest one is right at 600 yards."

Several colleges have begun to show Mahomes interest including TCU. He visited the Ft. Worth campus last week to watch the Frogs take on #1 Kansas State.

"I liked it a lot, one of my friends goes there and we hung out with him after," he said. "I liked the campus and liked the atmosphere there. I like the coaches a lot, they all seem real cool and I've been talking to them for a few weeks now. They seem like really cool guys I wouldn't mind them being my coaches in the future.

"I liked the campus a lot and it's real close together. We toured the weight room and the indoor facility and it was great."

Other schools from the Big 12, SEC and Big 10 are also showing Mahomes early interest.

"Texas A&M and Texas Tech seem to be the ones that are the most interested right now," Mahomes said. "I also get a lot of letters from LSU and Michigan State."

Mahomes admits he liked Texas growing up but since that time he's grown to be a college football fan in general. This is why he doesn't have a team that stands out at the moment.

"Not necessarily, I liked the Longhorns when I was younger but nowadays it doesn't really matter, I like to look around at different schools," Mahaomes said of any favorites. "I'm a big college football fan and I like watching teams play each other."

Mahomes is also a standout baseball player. Of course, he comes from good bloodlines with his father being former major league pitcher Pat Mahomes, who played in the majors from 1992-2003. Like his father, the younger Mahomes is an excellent baseball prospect as a pitcher and shortstop. Last season as a sophomore he was named district 14-4A MVP after an 8-1 record on the mound and hitting .367 with 12 RBI's.

"I've had a lot of interest in baseball too from Arkansas, West Virginia, A&M and there are a lot of other schools sending me letters for baseball also," he said. "I'm very interested in playing both sports, playing quarterback and being a pitcher. I think I'd be able to do that."

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