THE SUMMER BEFORE SEVENTH GRADE, Patrick Mahomes got summoned to the Whitehouse High School football field for a special workout. It wasn't quite a secret. But let's just say the coaching staff in East Texas definitely didn't advertise it to the other 10 to 15 middle school kids who wanted to be Whitehouse's quarterback when they grew up.
The coaches did invite one other kid. The varsity's offensive coordinator, Reno Moore, was running the workout that day and asked fellow seventh-grader Ryan Cheatham to come out, too. Moore had heard hype about both kids, and he wanted to get a quick assessment of what the buzz was all about.