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Whitehouse quarterback and Tech commit Patrick Mahomes is the cornerstone of the 2014 class. The four-star prospect dishes on his upcoming decision to either play pro baseball or go to Tech, about some high-profile departures from the Red Raider program and much more.

A freshman quarterback has started every game called by Kliff Kingsbury the past two seasons.

First it was Johnny Manziel, who burst onto the scene at Texas A&M in 2012 as a redshirt freshman under Kingsbury, the offensive coordinator.
This past season true freshmen Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb shared the starts in Kingsbury's first year as the head coach in Lubbock.

Could Whitehouse quarterback and Texas Tech commit Patrick Mahomes make it three seasons in a row?

Of course Mayfield has moved on, redshirt sophomore Michael Brewer's status is in question and while Webb shined in the Red Raiders' 37-23 Holiday Bowl victory over Arizona State, he by no means has taken ownership of the starting spot.

Assuming Mahomes, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, does sign with Tech in February and makes it to campus this summer, can he challenge for playing time in 2014?

Well, he did throw for 4,619 yards, 50 touchdowns against just six interceptions, plus rush for another 940 yards and 15 scores for Whitehouse this past season. Those gaudy stats won him a trophy case full of awards including APSE Texas high school football player of the year. That's right, the award handed out to the best high school football player in all of Texas as voted on by sports editors across the state.

"It was a great honor," Mahomes said Monday. "My goal was to win the 4A player of the year and never imagined winning for the whole state. It was a surreal feeling." thought enough of his performance in 2013 to bump him up from a three-star to a four-star rated prospect and has him ranked as the No. 18 quarterback of his class nationally. national recruiting analyst, Greg Powers, in charge of recruiting coverage for the midlands region, covered Mahomes' final high school game. Though Whitehouse lost 65-60 to Mesquite Poteet, Mahomes accounted for over 650 yards of total offense.

"Mahomes is a player who makes things happen. When the ball is in his hands you sit on the edge of your seat and wait for what might happen next," Powers said Monday. "He is a little unorthodox with how he operates, but finds a way to get the job done. He moves well in the pocket, has a good arm and can pull it down and run when he must. He makes quick decisions."

Mahomes is also a standout basketball player (averages 19 points a game this season) and legitimate pro baseball prospect. There is some concern Mahomes, whose father Pat pitched for 11 years in the MLB and several more in the minors, could forgo college and head the pro baseball route.

"It will be considered, but I want to play football," Mahomes said. "It looks like a lot of fun. It's a big thing for me to do and something I have always wanted to do. As of right now I'm planning on playing at Texas Tech and we'll deal with it when the time comes."

Mahomes, who batted .380, drove in 30 runs, stole 28 bases and scored 48 runs last season at Whitehouse, is also expected to play baseball at Tech.

Tech's Holiday Bowl victory also has Mahomes excited about the future and what he and the team can accomplish.

"They looked great. Davis stepped up and played good and the defense played amazing," Mahomes said. "Tech is going to score points, but if the defense can play like that they can beat anyone and move up the rankings."

Anyone worried with how Mayfield's departure has been portrayed in the media recently, need not be, at least not in regard to Mahomes.

"I like Mayfield and I'm sorry to see him go, but I guess that was the best move for him," Mahomes said. "But if I want to come in and compete for the starting job, and I do, I guess that's one less open spot for me to get past."

Mahomes also weighed in on former assistant coach Sonny Cumbie's departure to Big 12 rival TCU.

"No, he's a great guy and I would have loved for him to be on the coaching staff when I'm there but it doesn't change how I feel about Tech," Mahomes said. "I was told a long time ago to pick a school where, if the coaches leave, I still want to be there. It's a business and I understand."

Mahomes will make his official visit to Tech on Jan. 24-26 along with several other offensive recruits.

"We text on a regular basis, but I'm ready to get up there and hang out in person," Mahomes said. "A lot of us have met but not gotten to hang out for a whole weekend. I want to build relationships, especially with the receivers."

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