For this week's edition of Throwback Thursday, we bring back our first ever interview with Patrick Mahomes as he prepares to enter the NFL as the Draft begins...
The 2013 recruiting cycle may be wrapping up in less than a month, but the process is just beginning for Whitehouse (Texas) 2014 quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes, a first year QB who threw for 49 touchdowns and only 7 INTS, led Whitehouse to the second round of the playoffs where they lost a thriller to Wylie East 63-56.
Mahomes is just now starting to receive legitimate interest from schools around the country and picked up his first offer last week.
"I'm being recruited by TCU. They came down and saw me, and SMU (is recruiting me as well.) I've gotten a lot of letters from schools like LSU and Michigan. Then, I got offered by Texas Tech. That's my first football offer."
The Red Raiders are the first to strike the iron with the rising junior, and the offer came directly from head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Mahomes is very aware of what Kingsbury was able to do at Texas A&M this season, and the former Tech QB would love to have the Whitehouse signal caller be the first player recruited for his system.
"I actually talked to Coach Kingsbury, the new coach there from A&M. He seemed like he liked me a lot. He said that he wanted me to be his quarterback in the future, and he's actually the one that offered me," he said. "He loved how I was able to extend plays with the rush, extend the play and get the ball out with my arm strength. He thought that I'd be a great player for him in his system. He told me he would love to have me up there and playing as soon as possible, so he's very interested in me, and I'm apparently the first quarterback that he's recruited and offered."
Coach Kingsbury isn't the only Tech coach talking to Mahomes, however. In fact, it's been a group effort by Kingsbury, Trey Haverty, and Sonny Cumbie. Kingsbury was looking at the junior while he was in College Station, Cumbie was on Mahomes for the Red Raiders, and Haverty was his primary recruiter at TCU.
The convergence of coaches in Lubbock seems to have Tech with an early leg up in the race.
"The main coach that I talk to from there is Trey Haverty who just came over from TCU. He was recruiting me hard at TCU, and now he's on me since he's been at Tech. They're really cool and all young guys. They really seem to relate to me, so we'll just see how it goes," he said. "Haverty was the first person to ever come to my school and recruit me for football. He's a cool guy. He relates to me really well, and we talk every so often. We talk every so often and he's cool. I like talking to him."
Coach Cumbie first saw Mahomes play when he traveled out to Whitehouse to watch senior receiver and Tech commit Dylan Cantrell play at various times last fall. Mahomes said that Cantrell obviously loves it in the Hub City, as he has quite a few other scholarship offers from various schools.
"He came down to watch Dylan play one game, and he liked me a lot. He was already recruiting me too, so it all just kind of worked out," said the QB. "Dylan, I know that he for sure loves Tech. He's had other offers, and he hasn't even thought about anything else, so I know there must be something up there that he loves. I'm looking forward to getting up there for a visit, and I know he loves it up there, so there's obviously something special."
When you look at the coaching trio of Kingsbury, Haverty, and Cumbie, you see one thing in common: They're all Red Raiders. With Kingsbury and Cumbie specifically, you have two former signal callers. Mahomes loves that both guys played under center for Tech in the past, and he knows they could really develop and polish him as a quarterback someday.
"I like that a lot, and that helps a lot in my decision, cause I know that if I do go to Texas Tech that they'[ll help develop me a lot. Kingsbury, with what he did with Johnny Manziel this last year, I know he knows how to teach quarterbacks, so that's a big part of a decision that I'll have to make in the future."
Now that the relationships are in place, it looks like Mahomes is ready to make a trip out to the South Plains. He's hoping to catch Tech's first junior day as long as it doesn't interfere with his basketball schedule.
"I'm actually thinking I'm going to go to their first junior day. It isn't official yet, but I know it's at the end of January or beginning of February. I plan on going to that if doesn't mess up with my basketball schedule. I'm also planning on going to junior days at TCU and SMU."