Michigan football landed Shea Patterson from Mississippi, but former teammate Deontay Anderson won’t be following him to Ann Arbor. Anderson, a second-year safety for Ole Miss, tweeted the following on Wednesday:
Recruitment still wide open.
— Deontay Anderson (@OVOTRAINERA) December 13, 2017
Additionally, TheWolverine’s Andrew Vailliencourt reports Anderson told him “his transcripts did not go through, which is why he won’t be going to Michigan.”
Anderson, a former blue-chip recruit who played at safety for the Rebels last season before sitting out 2017 after the team initiated a self-imposed bowl ban in advance of NCAA sanctions imposed on Dec. 1. He met with Jim Harbaugh in Mississippi last week.
Patterson, who started at quarterback for Ole Miss this season, announced his transfer to Michigan on Monday. He told The Toledo Blade’s Kyle Rowland that he expects other Mississippi players to also end up at Michigan.
Patterson also said, “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.”
NCAA rules state that rising Ole Miss seniors can transfer without having to sit out a season. Patterson and Anderson are not rising seniors, but there’s an avenue for them to become eligible that involves filing a waiver with the NCAA.