Shea Patterson‘s eligibility for the coming season at Michigan is uncertain, with a ruling slated in the coming weeks. Undergraduate transfers are normally supposed to sit out a season, but Patterson has requested an exception since he says he was misled by Ole Miss during his recruitment.
The verdict on Patterson’s situation very well could be foretold by the decision of another impact player: graduate transfer Calvin Anderson. The former Rice tackle, set to announce his next destination Saturday, is down to four programs, including Michigan. And according to 247Sports.com’s Sam Webb, Patterson’s eligibility will play a big deal in Anderson’s choice.
Shea Patterson’s Eligibility “a Big Deal” for Calvin Anderson: "I’ll leave it at this: It’s very important for me that Shea Patterson plays." — @THE_CONDA25 discusses his frequent contact with @SheaPatterson_1, #Michigan's new staff hires, and more (VIP) https://t.co/dLe5LP8viK pic.twitter.com/DNmwQBQPMM
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) March 9, 2018
Since Webb’s announcement will come before the ruling on Patterson, where Webb ends up could offer a hint at how confident Patterson is of being granted eligibility.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Anderson earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors last season and is perhaps the nation’s most sought-after graduate transfer.
Anderson has narrowed his list to Michigan, Auburn, Oklahoma and Texas, with none of programs appearing to have any sort of edge. His addition would be a huge get for the Wolverines, who finished 8-5 in 2017 and were the lone Big Ten team to lose a bowl game.