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Monday, February 11, 2013
Mahomes talks Texas Tech; LSU trip next?

By Damon Sayles

After a very productive junior day at Texas Tech, 2014 quarterback Patrick Mahomes (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse) is looking forward to making a decision for next week.

LSU or SMU?

After last weekend, Mahomes has been to junior days at Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Baylor. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback said his next venture will be this weekend, either at LSU or SMU. Mahomes said he’s leaning more toward LSU because one of his teammates, receiver Jake Parker, is going.

Wherever he ends up, Mahomes is hoping the junior day will be like the one he had at Texas Tech. Mahomes gave the visit high marks and enjoyed the overall experience of Texas Tech and the city of Lubbock, Texas. He defined the experience as “awesome” and said his interest in the Red Raiders is high, primarily because he will be allowed to be more than just a quarterback.

“I had a great time and loved the coaching staff,” Mahomes said. “They really want me there, and I’m the only quarterback they’ve offered. Plus, they would let me play baseball, too.”

Mahomes threw for 3,839 yards and 46 touchdowns, and he also rushed for 258 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. When Mahomes isn’t quarterbacking Whitehouse’s football team, he’s either on the mound as a pitcher or playing in the outfield for Whitehouse’s baseball team. Mahomes is the son of Pat Mahomes, who pitched in the majors for six different teams.

“It’s probably one of the most -- if not the most -- important things about my next step in going into college,” Mahomes said of playing both sports in college.

In dealing with the recruiting process, Mahomes said he often goes to his dad for advice and values his opinion. Before being drafted in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 1988, Pat Mahomes was a star pitcher at Lindale High School, located roughly 25 miles northwest of Whitehouse, and he was a heavily recruited athlete.

“He just says go where they want you the most and [where] you have the best chance to play and where I would love to be at,” the younger Mahomes said. “It helps that he already went through the process and knows how it works."

Mahomes then added: “But no decisions will be made without my mom agreeing.”

Mahomes has offers from Texas Tech and Rice. He has interest from LSU, Texas A&M, Baylor, SMU, Illinois and Washington State.