There is something special about Whitehouse quarterback and Texas Tech commit Patrick Mahomes.
The three-star commit turned in one of the most prolific seasons in Texas high school football history with 4,619 yards, 50 touchdowns passing. Former Lake Travis quarterback Garrett Gilbert holds the top two spots in the record book with 4,854 and 4,827 yards. Former Texas Tech great Graham Harrell is third on the list with 4,825 yards, which he put up in just 13 games in 2003 at Ennis.
Mahomes' capped his prep football career by accounting for over 650 yards and seven scores in a 65-60 loss to Mesquite Poteet in the Class 4A playoffs.
Mahomes is a three-sport athlete at Whitehouse, as the 6-foot-3, 200 pounder also stars on the hardwood and diamond. In fact, Mahomes is also expected to play baseball for coach Tim Tadlock at Texas Tech.
According to Whitehouse football coach Adam Cook, Mahomes' natural talent sets him apart from other kids.
"He is a phenomenal athlete he had a great season and threw up some outstanding numbers. He is a great young man and is very well played," Cook said. "Patrick is one of those special kids that you just love to watch play."
Mahomes will bring his ability to adapt to the play and keep it under control to Lubbock. With his good awareness of where people are on the field, he excels at extending the play. Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Powers, who was at Mahomes' final game against Poteet, described his abilities.
"He'll scramble around in the pocket if he has to. He'll fire the ball out quick when he has to. If he has to change his arm angle to find a way to work into a receiver, he will," Powers said. "He just comes up with unorthodox ways to produce and that's something that you have to like from a playmaking standpoint."
Mahomes rushed for 914 yards and 15 touchdowns to go along with his gaudy passing numbers, but his first goal is to stay in the pocket. Even when in trouble, he scrambles to find his receivers and then may result to the run.
"He's a guy who can run the ball, but not a guy you would necessarily want to lean on to run the ball as part of his natural game," Powers said. "He's not going to be afraid to pull the trigger when he thinks the pass is there or to pull it down and run with it when he feels the opportunity is there."
Based on his athletic ability, strong arm and epic performances everyone should anticipate Mahomes' arrival to Texas Tech.
"He is a winner and he is going to always elevate that play around him," Cook said. "It will be great to see to watch what he does there at Texas Tech."
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