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Kingsbury keeping fingers crossed regarding Mahomes' uncertain plans

Baseball could take Tech's prized QB signee

Posted: February 6, 2014 - 6:45pm  |  Updated: February 7, 2014 - 1:14am
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Texas Tech quarterback commit Patrick Mahomes will be in the mix early for the Red Raiders. (247Sports)
Texas Tech quarterback commit Patrick Mahomes will be in the mix early for the Red Raiders. (247Sports)
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Texas Tech’s latest quarterback of the future comes with a caveat: Patrick Mahomes’ future with the Red Raiders could be five years or five months.

Even Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury acknowledged on national signing day that Mahomes’ potential to be a high Major League Baseball draft pick and give up football is a risk the Red Raiders are taking on.

Mahomes, listed on Tech’s national signing day handout as 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, is a pitcher, and his father Pat Mahomes was a big-league pitcher for 11 years.

So that does concern the Red Raiders.

“It does,” Kingsbury said, “because when you see him in person, he’s a big, impressive kid, and I think he’s going to get bigger and stronger and faster. With his dad having that history of being a professional player, it does, but we’ll see how it shakes out. I know he wants to come to college, but you never know how that money’s going to be.”

The level of concern increases because of the Red Raiders’ unusual situation at quarterback. Since the 2013 season ended, young quarterbacks Michael Brewer, Baker Mayfield and Clayton Nicholas have left the program, leaving sophomore Davis Webb as the only scholarship QB on campus.

Brewer and Nicholas were buried on the depth chart last season, and Mayfield departed when he received no assurance he’d be the starter after splitting time with Webb in 2013.

So Mahomes’ situation is an uncommon one: He can be the Red Raiders’ No. 2 quarterback the day he steps on campus.

“I would assume that, yes,” Kingsbury said. “Yeah, he’s of that mindset. We told him to get ready to come in. It’s a unique situation. We only have one scholarship quarterback on the roster. Get ready to come in and compete and play right away.”

Mahomes threw 46 touchdown passes his junior year at Class 4A Whitehouse and 50 his senior season when he was The Associated Press Texas high school player of the year. Kingsbury said Wednesday he loves Mahomes’ arm, athleticism, competitiveness and ability to extend plays.

“I really think he’s just scratching the surface,” Kingsbury said, “having played different sports throughout the year. When he really focuses on football the majority of the time, I think you can really see him take off at that position.”

Regardless what Mahomes decides about his baseball future, it’ll be important in 2014 that Webb stay healthy and build off his performance in the Holiday Bowl, where he threw four first-half touchdown passes and was named the offensive MVP.

Kingsbury said there’s a chance Mahomes could redshirt, putting a couple of years gap in eligibility between the two quarterbacks, but thinks it’s more realistic Mahomes will play in 2014.

Tech appears to be taking flyers on a number of other new quarterbacks to potentially add depth. According to various media reports, mostly in the players’ hometowns, four quarterbacks have taken offers to join the Red Raiders as walk-ons: Tanner Tausch from Kilgore College, Mason McClendon from Midland Christian, Mike Richardson from Marble Falls and Payne Sullins from Waco Reicher.

Richardson is a 2013 high school graduate who didn’t play in the fall.

Mahomes could continue to play two sports, though the demands of being a quarterback in major-college program make it more difficult.

Tech wide receiver Bradley Marquez has maintained a two-sport career throughout college, playing football for the Red Raiders during the school year and spending the summer playing baseball in the New York Mets’ system.

Kingsbury said he’d be amenable to sharing Mahomes with the Tech baseball program.

“I think Jameis Winston proved that that’s a pretty good fit, so we would be great with that,” Kingsbury said.

Winston, Florida State’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, was a Texas Rangers 15th-round draft pick in 2012 but didn’t sign. Last season at Florida State, he played in 41 baseball games and made 32 starts as an outfielder and designated hitter. He also made 17 appearances as a relief pitcher.

 

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Play Major League Baseball

Go pro in baseball, young man! It is much safer, pays better on average than pro football (no salary cap), and you can play 20 + years barring major injury in baseball! You can always work on a college degree during the off-season. .

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Play Major League Baseball

Bipinbarr, Your advice is a generalization that is not necessarily true with respect to all individuals who have the ability to be a dual sport athlete or have the ability to choose between playing two professional sports.

With respect to your advice, I think that Russell Wilson would vehemently disagree with you and I am sure that he is ecstatic that he did not forego football to concentrate on a career in baseball. By the way, the Texas Rangers currently own Russell's draft rights and are literally begging him to show up for spring training due to his national recognition earned in football.

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Major League Baseball

If you think it is easier on your body, bank account, or emotions playing baseball then you haven't met anyone who has every tried to go pro in baseball. Playing for an actual pro team (not AA, AAA) is very difficult. The long season's wear on your body, and mind. There is virtually no difference going pro in Baseball or Football. They are equally difficult, and the injuries pile up in both sports. One sport involves bodies crashing into one another, and another involves severe wear and tear of ligaments and joints. Pick your poison. The decision is up to him and what would he be happier doing.

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We need Mahomes worse than

We need Mahomes worse than corn on the cob needs salt........from a fan's perspective losing him would hurt us a lot.....of course the kid has to make this decision and do what is best for him.

I'm not a Webb fan.....never have been. He might really mature next year but from what I have read about Mahomes he could easily become the starter......dual threat is where it's at. And we've never had a dual threat quarterback, I don't think. If we have, someone out there inform me.

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It's a tough life for AA and

It's a tough life for AA and AAA players in baseball, not all glamour. I'm sure his dad will probably encourage him to enjoy college life. You only get to be this young once so Mahomes should take every advantage of this opportunity and he could possibly break some records here at Tech.

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