Texas Tech set an attendance record of 16,116 at Saturday’s spring game and hosted more than two dozen recruits, the majority of which hold scholarship offers from several BCS programs.
The Red Raiders added one commitment in Argyle wide receiver Ian Sadler before the game and three more commits on Sunday.
Patrick Mahomes, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound quarterback from Whitehouse, Cameron Batson, a 5-9, 165-pound receiver-return man from Oklahoma City Millwood, and Tevin Madison, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound defensive back from Fayette, Alabama, all pledged to the Red Raiders. Mahomes is ranked as the No. 83 prospect in Texas by 247Sports.com and Batson is rated the No. 7 recruit in Oklahoma.
“I just love the coaching staff and how they kind of treat you like you are one of their own,” Mahomes said. “They love being there and will probably be there for a long time. The program is on the rise and the campus life is awesome. It just felt right.”
Mahomes had favored the Red Raiders for some time after head coach Kliff Kingsbury told him in February he was Tech’s top quarterback target. Mahomes made his pledge a few hours after Batson chose the scarlet and black.
“Everything went real good,” Batson said. “I loved it a lot. I loved the atmosphere and the energy with the coaches. I decided to commit. Texas Tech was always high on my radar. They were number one. I just wanted to make sure that was the place I could spend my four years.”
Batson is from the same high school as former Tech wide receiver Tramain Swindall and former Red Raiders track all-American Gil Roberts. Last season, Batson caught 26 passes for 598 yards and six touchdowns and rushed 26 times for 347 yards and four TDs. Playing defensive back, he made nine interceptions.
Batson will line up at slot receiver for the Red Raiders and factor in on kick returns and punt returns, he said.
“I love how much they throw the ball and how much I would be utilized in their offense,” Batson said. “That really stood out, and the energy of the coaching staff and the fans. That was the most fans they ever had at a spring game at Texas Tech.”
Madison did not make the trip from Alabama, but plans to visit during the summer. He felt good enough about his relationship with cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis to jump on board.
“I decided I just wanted to play at Tech,”Madisonsaid. “It was mainly betweenTennesseeand Tech and I visitedTennesseeand just felt like I wanted to be at Texas Tech. I don’t have a date set yet for a visit but I plan to check it out some time this summer.”
The Red Raiders graduated their entire starting 2012 secondary and will lose four more defensive backs after the 2013 season so the position will likely receive much attention in the class of 2014.
“They said I can get some early playing time and help take their defense to the next level,”Madisonsaid. “It will be a good situation for me because they throw the ball a lot in the Big 12 and I can get a lot of interceptions down there.”
Last season, Mahomes completed 237 of 418 passes for 3,839 yards with 46 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed 107 times for 258 yards and six TDs. He led the Wildcats to a 10-2 record.
Not even hours after committing to Texas Tech, Mahomes was already trying to get some of the state’s top-talented players on board for the Red Raiders’ 2014 class.
“I want to bring in KD Cannon,” Mahomes said, referring to a Mount Pleasant wide receiver who is ranked among the top 10 recruits in Texas. “He’s from that East Texas area, too. I’ve played a game against him and I know him pretty well. I met several other guys at the game and I’ll be talking to them, too.”
The Red Raiders 2014 recruiting class climbed 26 spots to a No. 15 national ranking, after adding six commitments during the past week. Batson, Mahomes, and Madison make commits seven, eight, and nine, respectively, for Tech.
“We’re putting a good group together," Batson said. "It will be hard to stop us. Once we put work in, we have a chance to be Big 12 champions and everything.”
The offense Mahomes runs at Whitehouse is similar to what Texas Tech runs, so he feels he will be able to adapt well.
“I actually talked to some of my coaches about adding some more of (Tech’s) stuff into our offense,” Mahomes said. “I can run it easily and then when I go to Tech it will be a good transition.”
Mahomes is a son of Pat Mahomes, a Lindale native who spent 11 years as a Major League baseball pitcher.
There is speculation that Patrick Mahomes could be a first-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft and never make it to campus, but he was quick to silence that notion.
“I want to go to college for sure and get an education,” Mahomes said. “It’s something my family and I have talked about.”
TEXAS TECH COMMITMENTS
The following players have made verbal commitments to sign with Texas Tech. National signing day is Feb. 5.
Patrick Mahomes, 6-3, 180, QB, Whitehouse; Demarcus Felton, 5-7, 175, RB, Spring Dekaney; Justin Stockton, 5-9, 165, RB, Cibolo Steele; Jakari Dillard, 6-4, 183, WR, Princeton; Cameron Batson, 5-9, 165, IR, Oklahoma City Millwood; Ian Sadler, 5-11, 190, IR, Argyle; Deionte Noel, 6-3, 280, OT, Cibolo Steele; L.J. Collier, 6-3, 240, DE, Munday.; Tevin Madison, 5-11, 165, DB, Fayette (Ala.)