Patrick Mahomes has become one of the NFL's best quarterbacks but he was lightly recruited in the high school class of 2014. Mahomes only received a handful of scholarship offers and eventually attended Texas Tech.
Houston and Rice were the only other FBS colleges believed to have extended scholarship offers. Oklahoma State was widely reported to be Mahomes' runner-up, but they never actually offered Mahomes.
Greg Powers, who at the time covered Texas football recruiting for Scout.com, remembers ranking Mahomes as a 4-star prospect who landed inside Scout's Top 300 prospects nationally.
"Usually when the offer sheet doesn't match the talent you felt like you saw, you kind of have to convince yourself to stick to your guns," says Powers, who now works for Dave Campbell's Texas Football.
"What is everyone else seeing in this kid that I'm not?"
The easiest explanation could be that Mahomes' future in baseball could have scared off the football world.
Mahomes was also a three-sport athlete who was too busy with basketball and baseball to bother with retaining a private throwing coach or attending offseason showcases.
"I think they missed because ... he never had the coaching all those other guys had," said his godfather LaTroy Hawkins. "He never went to those quarterback camps; he never did that."