Replenishing the Ranks: Quarterback

The following is one in a series of evaluations of the Texas Tech 2014 recruiting class in the week leading up to National Signing Day. The Red Raiders have one quarterback committed for this class and he is all about the Red Raiders. Is one QB enough?

THE RECRUIT

Patrick Mahomes (6-2, 200)

School: Whitehouse HS
Rating: | National Position Rank: 20

Position Grade: B+

Evaluation: It's hard to complain about the AP Texas Player of the Year. Mahomes is the dual-threat quarterback Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury wants from the position.

The Texas Tech commit threw for 4,619 yards and 50 touchdowns with just six interceptions in 2013, which is ridiculous. He also rushed for 940 yards and 15 scores, showing his ability to scramble. Mahomes is a wonderful athlete, who also stars for Whitehouse on the hardwood and baseball diamond and it shows up on film.

His final game was a 45-40 loss to Mesquite Poteet, who featured one of the top defensive players in the nation in junior linebacker (and Texas Tech target) Malik Jefferson. On at least two occasions Jefferson-a speedy, instinctive, powerful player-had a free run at Mahomes and had him in his grasp only for the slippery quarterback to elude him and fire the ball down field for long touchdowns. This canny ability, as much as any other, makes Mahomes a prized recruit and exciting player to watch.

Mahomes shows a nice touch on the deep ball and is accurate on short to intermediate passes. He's one of those QBs who can deliver the ball from many angles and will make things happen when all appears lost. He will also make some misguided throws because he believes he can make every play.

As his rushing total and 4.6 speed would indicate, Mahomes is more than capable of tucking the ball and running, but he is more interested in buying time with his feet in order to find an open receiver, which, in my opinion, is the style of quarterback you want running the "Air Raid."

The only reason Tech doesn't get an "A" for landing Mahomes is the instability at the position. If there was a time to sign more than one quarterback this was the year after three quarterbacks left the program. The Red Raiders responded by bringing in three walk-ons, and in all fairness they had little time to add a quality scholarship quarterback to the class. Yet, this is big-boy college football and if Mahomes decides to go solely the pro baseball route and doesn't make it to Tech, the Red Raiders will be left with only one scholarship quarterback, a pretty scary proposition.

Recruit quote: "It (just playing pro baseball if he's drafted high) will be considered, but I want to play college football. 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."

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