Former Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson made it clear on Monday that he is transferring to Michigan with a Twitter post. However, Patterson may not be the only Ole Miss player to join the Wolverines.
In his first interview since transferring to Michigan, Patterson told the Toledo Blade that other Ole Miss players will likely transfer to Michigan as well.
When asked if he would be the only Ole Miss player on Michigan’s roster by the end of the week, Patterson responded, “That’s doubtful.”
This is likely in reference to Ole Miss sophomore wide receiver Van Jefferson and redshirt freshman safety Deontay Anderson, as the two of them joined Patterson on a visit to Michigan on Saturday.
While transfers usually have to sit out for an entire season according to NCAA rules, Patterson and his teammates believe that the NCAA will grant them waivers as a result of Ole Miss’ sanctions, which include a two-year bowl ban.
“It’s in God’s hands,” Patterson said in the article. “From what I’m hearing, I’m pretty sure that I will win that and be able to play next year. If I don’t, I’ll work as hard as I can learning the offense and I’ll be playing the year after.”
Patterson has two years of eligibility remaining, and he is looking to make the most of it. One of the biggest reasons Patterson chose Michigan was to compete for a national championship.
“I’m really not one to jump ship on anything,” Patterson said. “But I’m really big on setting goals and achieving them. I did that throughout high school. One of the main goals was to win a national championship. At Ole Miss, I didn’t have an opportunity to do that. Things didn’t shake out the way I planned — coach [Hugh Freeze] got fired, the two-year bowl ban. I couldn’t look back on it after college and say I never got an opportunity to play for something like that.”
In addition, coach Jim Harbaugh, passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno all appealed to Patterson.
“I knew if I went to Michigan, I’m going to be put in the best position to succeed, and I’ll grow not only as a player but as a person as well,” Patterson said. “They have a really, really good team coming back next year. Anyway I could help or contribute to that, I felt we’d have a really good shot at going far.”
Another reason why Patterson chose Michigan was because he was born in Toledo and grew up a Michigan fan.
“Michigan’s always been in my blood, especially growing up in Toledo,” Patterson said. “I was a huge Michigan fan. My parents were and a lot of my relatives still are season-ticket holders. That really drew me to it.”
Patterson completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns while throwing 9 interceptions for Ole Miss this season.